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Mera shuts 32 filling stations

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EXPECTS CHANGE—Magalasi

Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (Mera) on Wednesday disclosed that it had shut down 32 filling stations for non-compliance with rules and regulations.

Mera Chief Executive Officer, Collins Magalasi, said this on the sidelines of a sensitisation workshop with gasoline marketing companies and retailers on liquid fuels and gas licensing conditions and operating compliance requirements.

“We called for this meeting to remind them [operators] of the law and regulations and also to get fresh commitment on what they are supposed to do to create a safe environment,” Magalasi said.

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Magalasi said Mera identified some oil companies that do not meet the set standards.

He said with the meeting, the regulator expects change.

One of Energem franchise dealers, Spencer Dzinyemba said some dealers were not complying with the laws and regulations.

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“There are a number of regulations; some are new while others are old but you find that when the enforcers inspect fuel facilities, owners do not follow the standards,” Dzinyemba said.

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