Dec 04, Colombo: Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA), the state consumer protection agency has approved the release of domestic gas to the market from tomorrow (05) subject to three conditions.
The CAA in a statement said it has decided to release the domestic gas to the market from tomorrow subject to a number of conditions, in accordance with the relevant test reports and the recommendations of the relevant technical committee appointed to look into the issue of exposing domestic gas cylinders.
The government on Friday suspended distribution of all gas cylinders following the rise in unexplained cooking gas explosions and fires that have injured many people across the country in recent weeks.
The samples of gas that were collected under the supervision of the Committee appointed to monitor the two gas ships imported to the country by the two Gas Companies, along with Sri Lanka Standard Institute, Industrial Technology Institute and the Consumer Affairs Authority were forwarded to the Laboratory of the Sn Lanka Petroleum Corporation Friday (December 03).
According to the testing reports released by the Petroleum Corporation, and the recommendations of the relevant Technical Committee, it has been decided to issue domestic gas to the market under the following conditions with effect from Sunday, December 05, the CAA said.
1. Not to issue the previously imported gas stocks.
2. To contain Mercaptan to the new stocks before they are issued to the market thereby enabling the consumers to identify any leaks if any by its odorant.
3. To check one cylinder per every 100 cylinders during production, serialize and produce them to the Consumer Affairs Authority.
“Subsequent to making this Committee aware of the fulfilment of these requirements to ensure the quality and, under the supervision of the same Committee, it has been decided to issue gas to the market, and thereafter, the Gas Companies should allow the said Committee to monitor the production process of gas at any given moment,” the Authority informed.