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* Government takes steps to probe explosions of LP gas cylinders
Sun, Nov 28, 2021, 11:17 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Nov 28, Colombo: The use of domestic LP gas cylinders has become risky as six accidents due to gas cylinder explosions have been reported across the country in November, consumer rights protection organizations have pointed out.

Due to this situation, extensive tests have been started on the composition of the gas to protect the consumer, the State Minister of Cooperative Services, Marketing Development and Consumer Protection Lasantha Alagiyawanna said adding that the cause of the accidents is believed to be the negligence of consumers.

However, the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation and Intec Private Limited have commenced investigations into the gas imports to Sri Lanka.

Consumer protection organizations further point out that the percentage of butane used for domestic gas cylinders was 80% and the propane content was 20%, but the gas companies have changed the composition to 50% - 50% and this change has resulted in the explosions.

It has been reported that the composition has been changed without any approval. The Government Analyst's Department has reportedly confirmed that the gas cylinders exploded due to a change in its composition during filling.

The Consumer protection organizations also emphasize that two deaths have already occurred due to the explosion of gas cylinders.

Expressing their views, Thishara Jayasinghe, Chairman of Litro Gas and W.K. H. Wegapitiya, Chairman of LAUGFS say that the cylinders in this country are of proper standard.

The companies claim that the cylinders are designed to withstand 6 times the normal pressure and that a cylinder is subjected to a complete quality test every 5 years and added to the market as a new cylinder.

Meanwhile, the government has taken steps to suspend the 18 liter gas cylinder released by Litro to the market.


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