Fabian Demicoli

Gas Distribution – Time for consultation, now over

GRTU on behalf of its members, the Gas Distributors, has recently provided its position to the proposed amendments to Legal Notice 249 of 2008, relating to Distribution of LPG cylinders in the Local Market. This was forwarded to the Ministry of Resources and Rural Affairs.

 

The time for consultation is now over and Government has had ample time to mull over anomalies created in 2008 for Gas Distributors.

The amendments to Legal Notice 249 of 2008 provide a breath of fresh air to a sector that over the years has remained stagnant in ideology and work practices. The distribution sector in relation to LPG cylinder distribution now focuses on the consumer whilst attending also to the needs of the distributor.

Gas distribution in 2011 is yearning for a revamp. Selling gas in cylinders is about providing a service which will include much more hours of availability to the end consumers and of course sustained business to the distributor.

Government by now has received all comments in relation to these amendments and it is now the time to take appropriate decisions that will please consumers at the end. Facing the coming winter without a solution would only create a problem to consumers. GRTU warns from now that we need to come to terms.

The distributors, organised with GRTU, have been since December 2010 suffering through shortcomings created by those who should have known better.

The time is now over. Government has to decide the way forward. If this is a difficult job, then there is no other way but to prepare compensation for the distributors. We will wait no longer.

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