Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA) on 15th March, 2019 launched the National Liquid Fuels and Gas Emergency Plan at a ceremony presided over by Hon. Aggrey Masi, MP, Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining at Sunbird Capital Hotel, Lilongwe.
Malawi has maintained adequate and steady supply of petroleum products into the country. However, to enhance the county’s state of preparedness for eventualities, MERA in collaboration with stakeholders developed a National Liquid Fuels and Gas Emergency Plan, as mandated by the Liquid Fuels and Gas (production and supply) Act of 2004.
A fuel and gas emergency is when there is a supply disruption or distortion of the Liquid Fuel and Gas caused by elements of nature, negligence or willful misconduct. Any disruption to liquid fuels and gas supply would call for a coordinated approach to ensure the most effective and efficient response by government agencies, the downstream liquid fuels and gas industry and other stakeholders.
Therefore, the purpose of National Liquid Fuels and Gas Emergency Plan is to outline the strategic approach to be taken in the preparedness, mitigation, response, management and recovery of a liquid fuels and gas supply disruption.
Furthermore, the plan sets the framework for ensuring that key decision-makers, the media and consumers are provided with information in a timely and effective way.
The National Liquid Fuels and Gas Emergency Plan supports Malawi Government’s robust emergency planning across the downstream liquid fuels and gas supply chain.