Despite Sharjah Ban, LPG Cylinders Still in Use

SHARJAH - A large number of cafes and restaurants in Sharjah are still using LPG cylinders despite a ban imposed by the Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA) after the introduction of piped gas supply in the emirate.

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Published: Tue 21 Jul 2009, 12:09 AM

Last updated: Mon 30 Jan 2023, 3:31 PM

Shaikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah and Chairman of SEWA, had issued an order recently banning the use of LPG cylinders by commercial outlets, industrial workshops, cafeterias, coffee shops and 

Violators of the ban who are found using both piped natural gas as well as gas cylinders would be fined Dh10,000 and in case of repetition of violation the fine amount will be raised to Dh20,000.

Tariq bin Deemas, head of Gas Directorate in SEWA, said the authority’s inspectors are not going to knock on the people’s doors to check whether or not piped gas is being, but if an LPG cylinder-related accident occurs, the user will be fined.

He also pointed out that is LPG cylinders are being used by restaurants and food outlets, which also have gas pipeline, they will be fined as well.

Bin Deemas 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 because they have resulted in a number of accidents that jeopardised the safety and the lives of many people.

A gas cylinder blast does not affect a single person or one area. It can bring harm to the surrounding
 environment as well.”

Speaking to Khaleej Times, many violators said that LPG cylinders last long, while piped gas bill add up even if gas is not consumed.

Amin Kamal, resident of Al Mussala, said her building has piped gas supply, which works out cheaper than LPG cylinders. When she applied for a connection, the SEWA office in Al Nasseria told her that she would get the supply after a week. However, the week has passed without anyone from SEWA bothering to provide the gas connection.

Maher Al Mardi, owner of a restaurant in Maysaloon, said he is still using LPG cylinders because he is not convinced that piped gas is cheaper 
and safe. In Sharjah, piped gas is being supplied to 1,500 restaurants and cafeterias, 60,000 residential units and 2,000 villas, besides shopping complexes, factories and hotels.

SEWA is currently in the process of extending natural gas network in Khor Fakkan and Kalba and other parts of the emirate. By the end of 2010 the piped gas network will cover the entire
emirate. —

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