Sheikh Ahmed issues directive on regulating LPG trade
The purpose of the regulations is to ensure the transport, storage and distribution of LPG, according to the criteria approved in the UAE.
Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Energy Council (DSCE), issued Directive No. 3 of 2021 on the regulation of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) trade, in order to protect the environment and society, by implementing the highest safety and security standards. This includes the transport, storage and distribution of LPG, whether through cylinders or transport tanks.
The directive states that it is prohibited to distribute LPG cylinders in Dubai unless they are filled at approved LPG plants in the Emirate. This ensures compliance with all standards and regulations issued by local services.
In its directive, the DSCE stipulated the need to obtain its authorization to issue the permit to complete all approvals and requirements of the emirate’s government authorities, in accordance with their respective requirements. The DSCE will coordinate with government authorities to conduct joint inspection campaigns to ensure that workers in this sector comply with the directive and apply the highest safety and security standards.
“Through this directive, we describe the regulatory framework, strategies and regulations for the LPG trade in Dubai, in accordance with the highest international standards in this area. We also work to regulate business practices and implement the highest international safety and security standards. We aim to ensure the transport, storage and distribution of LPG according to approved criteria in the UAE. We thank all the authorities involved in the regulation of this sector, ”said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, vice-president of the DSCE.
The DSCE is the only entity in Dubai to perform all the tasks and powers in accordance with Federal Law No. (14) of 2017 as well as the decisions issued therefrom, in particular, to issue permits for the trading of petroleum products in Dubai. and to determine the petroleum materials likely to be marketed, the activities associated with them, as well as the control and inspection of the installations authorized to be treated in this regard. This is based on Federal Law No. (14) of 2017 regarding the regulation of trade in petroleum products and Decree No. 8 of 2020 regarding the appointment of the competent entity in the Emirate of Dubai responsible for implementing the Federal Law No. (14) of 2017 for the trading of petroleum products.
The directive also states that the issuance or renewal of distribution licenses for LPG and its derivatives in Dubai requires the written approval of the Dubai Supreme Energy Council (DSCE). This confirms that the distributor has a valid contract attesting to its commitment to safety and security criteria, with approved bottling plants in the emirate, ”said Ahmed Buti Al Muhairbi, Secretary General of DSCE and Chairman of the Emirate. Dubai regulatory committee for petroleum products.
“We would like to thank the members of the Dubai Petroleum Regulatory Committee for their efforts to protect individuals, society and organizations. This by ensuring the effective enforcement of policies related to trade in petroleum products as well as inspections, ”said Burhan Al Hashemi, vice chairman of the Dubai Regulatory Committee for Petroleum Products.
Last year, Emirates Gas, a subsidiary of Enoc Group, and Emarat jointly introduced a new seal for LPG cylinders which not only adds to user safety but also maintains the availability of genuine products, increases operational efficiency in the market and protects the rights of consumers.
Polyvinyl Chloride, PVC Unified Seal features various new elements including color, material, hologram position and unique serial number as well as tamper-evident features.
Green in color, the new seal bears the hologram of Emirates Gas and Emarat, each with a unique serial number positioned horizontally on the shrink seal to mitigate any illegal distribution of LPG cylinders by unauthorized distributors. Unlike the old LPG cylinder seal, the new seal is equipped with an aluminum cap that cannot be duplicated and reused after being unpacked once.
Previously, Emirates Gas used a yellow seal while EMARAT had a white seal and both entities used their own unique serial number. In order to further improve security, the hologram has now been positioned on top of the cap which will be damaged once the seal is broken as it is made of thin foil and attached to the seal.
With the launch of its unified seal, Emirates Gas and Emarat urge customers to purchase LPG cylinders only from authorized distributors and ensure that the seal is intact and cut only in front of them after the purchase is made.
Customers should also request a validated VAT invoice from the distributor for each transaction in accordance with UAE government regulations, which can be used as evidence if a complaint needs to be raised. Emirates Gas and Emarat are the only two government authorized entities authorized to fill LPG cylinders at its bottling plants located in Dubai. LPG cylinders are flammable and should be carefully checked before each filling to ensure that there are no leaks and that there are no safety hazards such as cylinder bulging that can lead to unwanted accidents.