UAE cracks down on illegal gas cylinder operations
Emirates Gas, a subsidiary of Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC), Emarat Gas Distribution, Dubai Municipality and the Department of Civil Defense, Dubai have hit out at the illegal actions of some registered gas cylinder distributors in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) who have embarked on unauthorized cylinder filling and distribution operations.
The Municipality and Department of Civil Defense, Dubai recently confiscated and destroyed around 300 unauthorized and dangerous gas cylinders in Dubai. Action has been initiated under Local Order No 27/1985 by the Dubai Municipality which stipulates certain requirements for storage, distribution and selling of LPG cylinders in the emirate.
Emirates Gas and Emarat Gas Distribution – the two major UAE LPG suppliers – say some distributors are going outside the UAE to fill cylinders or replace them with others, which do not meet UAE safety regulations, and then smuggling them back into the Emirates.
Under the regulations, LPG cylinders have a service life of 15 years. They should be periodically hydrotested and free of defects like dents and corrosion, and conform to the red colour code for distribution in Dubai.
Similarly, all the emirates have issued local orders and regulations governing LP Gas distribution. These specify that the LPG cylinders must be filled within a bottling plant located in the emirate – so even cylinder movement and distribution from one emirate to another is prohibited. — (menareport.com)
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