The committee appointed by the President to look into gas leak-related explosions has concluded that the change in the composition of gas cylinders is the main reason behind explosions.
Chairman of the committee Prof. Shantha Walpalage speaking at a media briefing at the Government Information Department today said the composition of the gas cylinders led to numerous issues resulting in various accidents.
Prof. Walpalage said the change in the composition of gas was the main amendment, adding that they observed gas cylinders and locations where incidents were reported between mid-November and December.
He said the gas system begins with the cylinder, while the regulator, pipeline, and stove are components of the cylinder.
Prof. Walpalage said the committee was able to verify that nothing was out of the ordinary, and what changed was the composition of gas.
He said the committee concluded that gas cylinders exploding is very rare and claimed that during the past two months the composition of cylinders was raised leading to explosions.
Prof. Walpalage said the committee was appointed by the President as a technical committee to investigate and recommend steps to prevent similar incidents from recurring.
He added legal action can be pursued according to the country’s law.
He claimed that the committee was merely vested with determining the reasons behind the explosions and steps that should be taken to prevent such incidents.
Citing several recommendations, Prof. Walpalage said they proposed the SLS seal to be mandatory on local and foreign gas cylinders, gas compositions to not change in future, regulated standards of mercaptan must be included in cylinders, and mandatory quality standards and checks.
He added they also contemplated removing the gas cylinder batch that has posed concerns.
However, he said the committee determined that Litro gas does not have a mechanism to identify questionable batches and therefore proposed that a suitable mechanism be introduced to recall faulty batches.