Smooth supply of LPG assured

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg stresses a point during the ceremony. Photo: UKAS

KUCHING: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg has assured that the state’s Utilities Ministry will ensure smooth supply of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to consumers.

This follows the implementation of the Distribution of Gas Ordinance (DGO) 2016 as the sole legislative source of authority to regulate LPGs in the state.

“The DGO was approved by the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly on November 21, 2016 to create a comprehensive gas regulatory framework in the state.

“This covers the supply chain from upstream to downstream so that energy supply in Sarawak can be carried out efficiently, safely and securely to the industry and the people.”

Abang Johari said this during a ceremony to present a letter to exempt federal laws on regulation of LPG in Sarawak to SEDC Energy Sdn Bhd yesterday.

The chief minister said with DGO in force on July 1, 2018, there was a need to obtain exemptions from the Petroleum Development Act (PDA) 1974 and the Control of Supply Act (CSA) 1961 from the federal government.

“With this exemption, gas distribution and regulation activities in Sarawak can be carried out more effectively and reduce bureaucracy.

“With the adoption of the DGO as the only legislative or source of authority for the regulatory power of LPG in the state, the Ministry of Utilities has a role to ensure the supply of LPG in the state of Sarawak runs more smoothly.

“I would also like to thank the management and officials of the state and federal governments for their dedication and congratulate them on the success in the negotiations on this matter,” he said.