244 incidents out of 458 incidents related to either gas cylinder combustions or explosions taken into account from January 01, 2021 to December 05, 2021 were of gas leakages, revealed the Presidential Committee appointed to probe into Gas Cylinder Combustions and Explosions issuing a statement yesterday (06).
The Committee, appointed by President Rajapaksa on November 30, 2021, claimed that it made a thorough analysis into the investigated incidents related to either gas cylinder combustions or explosions, adding that the accidents were triggered by the following events;
- Damages to the cylinder
- Damages to the gas valve
- Damages to the regulator
- Explosions of gas stoves, or breaking of the glass faces of the stoves
- Extensive heat or damages to any other material and
- Gas leakages
The Committee also concluded that many of the accidents related to gas leakages were the result of the absence of fume and instructed the gas companies to include Ethyl Mercaptan in accurate volumes as a mandatory requirement upon gas production. There is a significant decline in the reporting of such incidents in the past few days, it went on, informing the public that further incidents related to gas leakages may be prevented in the event that Mercaptan will be included.
The Committee also concluded the second most frequent reason for such accidents to occur is the damages occurred to regulators, stoves, valves, hose clips or the use of obsolete stoves. The Committee does not explicitly conclude the probability into the alleged claim of the gas compositions being altered, adding that further scientific experiments are being conducted in this regard.
It recommends that gas cylinders meeting the standards be distributed to the public and assured that the affair will be carried out upon the careful inspection of the Consumer Protection Authority, the Sri Lanka Standards Institute, the Industrial Technical Institute and the Sri Lanka Board of Accreditation.