Over four million damaged gas cylinders still in use nationwide [Archives:2009/1227/Local News]

January 22 2009

By: Ismail Al-Ghabri
SANA'A, Jan. 20 – Up to 4,144, 660 damaged cylinders are still in use around Sana'a and the rest of Yemen, according to a recent report by the Yemen Gas Company (YGC).

To protect the consumer, the Safety and Security Commission at the Ministry of the Interior has recommended removing damaged gas cylinders from the market and drawing-up a list of safe gas cylinder filling stations and suppliers nationwide.

In a recent meeting, the commission's chairman Major General Saleh Hussein Zuari recommended establishing a map of available gas filling stations and gas cylinder suppliers in Yemen.

The commission further recommended compensating the owners of damaged gas cylinders removed from circulation, and called on the YGC to carry out its duty in designing and planning safe gas stations and gas cylinder stores.

With the YGC's approval, a Safety and Security Commission sub-committee will soon conduct a detailed report on the gas-filling stations and gas cylinders stores in the Sana'a governorate.

The import of gas cylinders will be suspended for the next six months until the inventory of cylinders available on the local market is complete.

“Some traders import gas cylinders which do not go through the necessary examinations to check whether they meet local and international safety standards