In response to the increasing prevalence of orphan cylinders, which pose significant safety hazards to consumers, the Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA) has taken decisive steps to uphold the usage of compliant cylinders in accordance with the Fuels Regulation Act.

Recognizing the potential risks associated with orphan cylinders, MERA has energetically engaged with stakeholders across the supply chain, as well as other Government agencies and law enforcement agencies. This concerted effort has resulted in a firm commitment from relevant entities to promptly reinforce measures against the sale of orphan cylinders, aiming to mitigate the safety risks posed by their circulation.

Notably, the recent engagement saw the active involvement of key entities such as the Malawi Police Service, the Malawi Bureau of Standards, Various District and Town Councils and the Malawi Revenue Authority, signifying a collaborative approach to addressing this critical issue.

Under the auspices of its Fuels and Gas Directorate, MERA has issued a compelling warning to all traders involved in the distribution of orphan cylinders, underscoring the gravity of this matter and the imperative need for compliance with established regulations.

By taking proactive measures and uniting stakeholders, MERA is demonstrating its unwavering commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of consumers, as well as the broader community, in line with its regulatory mandate.