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Liquefied Petroleum Gas Rollout Strategy Drawn Up

April 7, 2021

Department of Mineral Resources and Energy

The mineral resources and energy department seeks comment on the Draft Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Rollout Strategy.

The Draft Strategy was published in Government Gazette 44384 in terms of the Petroleum Products Act.

According to the executive summary, the Draft Strategy provides a framework for the expansion of the use of LPG in South Africa with special emphasis on the household sector.

It also seeks to ensure “optimal contribution of LPG in addressing the country’s electricity and other energy supply challenges”.

Challenges identified by the department in the development of the LPG market in the country include structural features of the market; LPG infrastructure; LPG pricing framework; cylinder management; negative perception about LPG and compliance, monitoring and enforcement.

The department plans to focus on four key challenges as part of implementation of the Strategy including restrictive features in the LPG market, provision of adequate and open access LPG importation infrastructure to accommodate imports, conducting safety awareness campaigns to deal with negative perceptions on the use of LPG and cylinder management.

Comment is invited within 60 days of the date of publication.