In January 2018, Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA) conducted stakeholder sensitisation meetings on the standards and requirements for the construction and decommissioning of liquid fuels and gas retail outlets.
The standards aim to ensure that service stations are constructed in safe locations where there is a good return on investment without risking the lives of the consumers and communities and without posing risks to the environment.
In addition, designs of facilities should include all the necessary safety and environmental protection safeguards; and the projects are to be inspected for compliance to standards during the construction phase before obtaining an operating licence. Furthermore, the facilities should be safely decommissioned to protect the surrounding people and the environment from inherent risks posed by these facilities.
“In this industry safe business is good business hence the need to ensure that the objectives of these standards are observed at all times,” said MERA Chief Executive Officer Dr. Collins Magalasi. He appealed for coordination and cooperation among stakeholders in the enforcement of the standards and requirements.
The standards were approved by the Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining and gazetted as part of the Liquid Fuels and Gas regulations on 15th September 2017.
The sensitisation meetings, held in Blantyre, Lilongwe and Mzuzu, drew participants from government departments and agencies, Civil Society Organisations, media houses, oil marketing companies and retailers of liquid fuels and gas.
The standards are available here