ERC puts unscrupulous petroleum outlets on notice

By Ronald Owili

Owners of petroleum outlets and filling stations engaging in unscrupulous business have been put on notice by the Energy Regulatory Commission.

ERC Director Eng. Joseph Ochieng urged players in the petroleum sector to alert the commission on any illegal activities involving sale of adulterated fuel that puts consumers at risk.

Since 2014, the ERC has been involved in an intensive campaign to nab oil marketers selling adulterated petroleum products or products meant for export.

According to the commission, between September 2015 and February 2016, 96% of petroleum outlets sampled had complied.

Out of a total of 1,493 petrol stations, 56 of them were non compliant.

The commission is now conducting sensitization workshops across the country for industry stakeholders in a bid to ensure they do not engage in sale of contaminated fuel or illegal filling of gas cylinders which industry players estimate to account for 70 percent of cooking gas sold in the country.

Similarly, the ERC is engaging stakeholders on the revised draft Electricity Grid Code which seeks to outline guidelines in power generation for independent power producers.

The latest sensitization workshop was conducted in Machakos County.

  

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