We uphold global standards, industry specifications – Litro
Litro Gas Lanka reiterated that the LP gas brought into Sri Lanka meets internationally ratified compositions of propane and butane, certified at point of loading and unloading.
Issuing a Press release Litro Gas said: “The Company assures that the LP gas that is loaded on to the ship at supplier point is unloaded at Kerawalapitiya and stored in storage spheres after which point cylinders of varied sizes are filled in the factory. The entire process which is done under strictest safety standards, does not involve any tampering in Sri Lanka while LP gas is stored and filled into cylinders with the same specifications they have been shipped with”.
“The LPG shipped by Litro Gas Lanka undergoes vigorous testing at point of loading and unloading in Kerawalapitiya; additionally, we obtain independently verified and certified reports on the LPG composition from Geochem, an independent energy and LPG verification agency,” says Pushpakumara Edirisinghe Director Operations - Litro Gas Terminals, “These standards have been internationally accepted and further approved by the Cabinet of Ministers through a tender process.
For over five years, these standards have been maintained for every shipment of LP gas to Litro Gas Lanka.” Litro says that the Company possesses 8,000 metric tonnes of LP gas capacity requiring a new stock every six to seven days to meet the market demand with new shipments of LPG arriving at the Kerawalapitiya filling plant every three to four days to ensure customers are given a seamless supply.
Although the Company introduced the 18 litre cylinder earlier this year, it was soon taken off the market by a Government directive and is no longer available in the market since June 2021. Concerning safety which forms a vital component in handling LP gas, Hemachandra Gunathilake, Channel Safety Advisor of Litro Gas Lanka, states that the globally accepted best practices should be deployed at all times when handling LP gas for cooking or for any other purpose. This means checking the hose, the regulator, the cooker and the connecting system which includes the safety clip of the cylinder.
“If there are any gas leaks, it is detectable with the smell and visibility – additionally, the only correct method of checking for leaks is when the entire system is connected and observed.” While advising consumers to refrain from resorting to unverified methods such as a soap test to determine leaks, Litro points out that the correct safety protocols must be followed at all times and urged customers to call the 1311 hotline if there is indeed an emergency. The Company points out that in all instances where customers have complained about possible gas leaks, the compromising of safety has taken place as a result of broken or damaged hose, regulator or cooker.
“All of these devices must be checked and replaced regularly to ensure best possible safety performance,” he advised and added that the hose must be changed on or before every two years and the regulator on or before every five years.