ZIMBABWE has recorded 100% increase in use of liquid petroleum gas (LPG) over the past four years due to the ready availability of the energy source and increase in power shortages. BUSINESS REPORTER According to the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (Zera), a total of 9 138 tonnes of gas was used this year compared to 4 227 tonnes of gas used in 2010. “There has been a 100% increase in LPG consumption between 2010 and 2014. This can be seen from the emergence of small-scale retailers who man street corners and car parks in all country cities, suburbs and locations,” part of Zera’s annual report reads. The authority said nationwide training programme for retailers were underway to raise public awareness over the risks associated with misuse of gas. In 2013 the proliferation of substandard LPG was recorded mostly in high-density area. “LPG has become lucrative business due to shortages of electricity in the country,” the report said. In 2013 Zera and the Standards Association of Zimbabwe produced standards that cover liquid fuel operations as well as LPG operations as part of awareness campaigns to ensure public safety.
December 2, 2016