The Energy Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) through a statement has confirmed that the gas filing station in Embakasi was operating illegally.
They continued by saying they declined the operation of the gas filing station that exploded on Thursday night citing the dense population in the area.
In the statement, the agency said that they received application to operate the Liquefied Petroleum Gas storage and filling plant at Mradi area three times on 19th March 2023, 20th June 2023, and 31st July 2023 respectively.
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EPRA also confirmed that the station did not meet the required distance for its operation as stipulated in their guidelines.
“The blast profiles are simulated by use of computer software and indicate the effect of a typical blast in terms of heat radiation and tremor/vibration and are useful in reviewing the safety of the surrounding areas.
As the regulator, we have formulated short and medium-term measures to ensure safety of all LPG plants in the country is guaranteed. This is through actions such as undertaking detailed technical audits of all licensed LPG plants in the country with the objective of ensuring high safety integrity status in terms of Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE),” they said
It is due to the incident that the agency has confirmed a planned demolition of all gas filing station operating illegally in the country.