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New Rules in the Butane Industry Print E-mail
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Thursday, 10 January 2013 00:00

ButaneThe Belize Bureau of Standards has announced several new protocols to be introduced in the butane industry by the Technical Committee for Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG). The biggest change is in the area of pricing and quality of the substance. In the past, the Ministry conducted periodic review of prices based on invoice submissions from the LPG importers. Those invoices did not always reflect the quality and origin of the product. In an effort to achieve stability in domestic prices and standardization of quality for LPG, the Bureau has implemented a new LPG Importation Protocol to be adopted by all importers and domestic producers, regardless of product origin. An established minimum standard mixture of 60:40 propane to butane will be implemented to ensure that all consumers receive high quality LPG. Mixtures are to be verified by third party certificates as a means of ensuring that all importers are abiding to the set standards. The Government anticipates that this newly established index will eliminate variations in controlled prices based on source of supply. This index was made effective on December 1st, 2012.


There are also standard specifications for the marking and labeling of gas cylinders; inspection, testing and requalification of portable LPG containers and filling, handling, storage, transportation and location of portable cylinders. These mandatory standards were gazetted effective November 5th, 2012. The Bureau is now embarking on a phased-in compliance program which aims to implement the new standards in the shortest possible time.