Ethyl Mercaptan included – Prof. Walpolage
Chairman of the committee appointed by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to probe recent incidents of gas explosions, Prof. Shantha Walpolage said steps have been taken to include sufficient amounts of Ethyl Mercaptan in gas cylinders, as the lack of a distinguished odour to identify a gas leak has been a primary cause in the inability to identify such occurrence.
He added that while 458 cases of gas explosions have taken place from 1 January to 5 December, 244 have taken place as a result of gas leaks, while requesting the public to refrain from using unsafe methods to inspect gas leaks.
Prof. Walpolage observed the second reason that has been identified by the committee is the use of substandard regulators, valves, hoses, clips and stoves, adding that the public must use accessories that have been recommended by the Sri Lanka Standards Institute, including gas stoves.
He further said scientific investigations have to be conducted to inspect whether a change in the composition of gas cylinders has resulted in such explosions.
He added that a special seal will be contained in every gas cylinder to portray a quality assurance conducted by the SLSI, CAA, Industrial Technology Institute and the Sri Lanka Accreditation Board.