ERB summons Kasempa filling station owner

THE Energy Regulation Board (ERB) has summoned Endrone Petroleum Corporation Limited over its failure to submit missing documentation required to complete the application to facilitate a full licence for its Kasempa filling station. Public relations manager Kwali Mfuni said ERB had given the operator a three-month permit pending the full license application in which the company was to submit missing documents to avoid having disruption in the supply of fuel since the station was the only facility in the district supplying petroleum products. Ms Mfuni said the three-month permit was in line with the regulator’s standard for assurance of product quality intended to promote safety, life, property and environment. “The ERB regularly inspects licensed entities to ensure compliance with set standards, specifically ZS385 part 3 on the installation of underground storage tanks, pumps, dispensers and pipe work at the service stations and consumer installations. ‘‘In addition to assuring product quality, this is also intended to protect life, property and environment. The operator, Endrone Petroleum Corporation Limited, was given a three-month permit to avoid service disruption pending the full license application and this was necessary to ensure security of supply as Endrone is the only filling station in the area. “The operator was directed to submit missing documentation required to complete the application to facilitate processing of a full license. However, Endrone has to-date failed to either submit the missing documents to complete the license application or seek an extension of the permit. ‘‘This is a matter of concern as the license outlines conditions under which the filling station is required to operate to guarantee product quality as well as provide safety and environmental protection,” Ms. Mfuni said. She said ERB has therefore summoned the company to a meeting to resolve the matter since it was the only service provider in the district. “Consequently, the ERB has called Endrone to a meeting to resolve the matter and avoid possible disruption of service at the filling station. Kasempa Filling Station is the only licensed entity operating in the area. This was the basis on which the operator was awarded the permit to operate, pending determination of its application for a full license. To ensure a steady supply of petroleum products, licensees operating in fuel deficit areas are encouraged to engage the ERB in the event of challenges,” she said. She also said ERB took cognisance of the scarcity of filling stations in rural and remote areas and that mechanisms and incentives were being put in place to promote investment.

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