Sharjah bans cylinders in outlets with piped gas

SHARJAH — Shaikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah and Chairman of Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (Sewa), has issued a new order banning the use of cooking gas cylinders by commercial outlets, industrial workshops, cafeterias, coffee shops and restaurants that have been connected with piped natural gas and were operating in Sharjah.

By Lina Abdul Rahman

Published: Mon 13 Jun 2005, 10:34 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 7:57 PM

Piped natural gas is a new service offered by the Gas Directorate of Sewa, and comes as part of an ambitious Sewa plans to deliver piped natural gas to all residential and commercial areas in Sharjah. Natural gas is cleaner, safer and environment-friendly.

According to the order, the owners of outlets that have been connected with piped natural gas are also banned from using cooking gas cylinders and piped natural gas at the same time.

The order states that the owners of outlets that have been connected with piped natural gas would be granted a duration of one month following the date of issuance of the order to make the necessary adjustments or else they would be declared violators.

According to the law, violators of the law who chose to use piped natural gas and cooking gas cylinders at the same time would be fined Dh10,000 and, in case of repeat of violation, a fine of Dh20,000.

In an earlier interview to Khaleej Times, Engineer Tarek Deemas, Manager of the Directorate of Natural Gas Distribution of Sewa, had said: 'We want to connect the maximum number of areas with the piped natural gas network in order to minimise the usage of gas cylinders at home due to their health hazards and because they have resulted in a number of accidents that jeoprdised the safety and the lives of many people. Gas cylinder blast does not affect a single person or one area, if it explodes it can bring harm to the surrounding environment as well.'

Sewa has succeeded in connecting 80 per cent of various areas in Sharjah with piped natural gas including 450 restaurants and cafeterias, 60,000 residential units, 12,000 villas in addition to shopping complexes, factories and hotels operating in Sharjah.

Sewa has a future plan to provide piped natural gas to 800 restaurants and cafeterias, gold manufacturing shops and 20,000 residential units.

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