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JAMAICA | PNP says Gov't Failed to Implement 'Bad Gas' Recommendations

Kingston, Jamaica. February 18, 2019: The Opposition People’s National Party’s (PNP) Shadow Minister of Energy, Mr. Phillip Paulwell M.P., wants the new Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Hon. Fayval Williams, M.P., to update the nation on the implementation of recommendations by the Petroleum Trade Reform Committee (PTRC) that investigated the substandard product in the market in 2015.

In a statement today, Mr. Paulwell said he is extremely surprised to hear of new reports of the possible existence of bad gas in the Petroleum retail sector, as Cabinet had accepted the report from the PTRC on August 22, 2016, and agreed to implement a series of recommendations.

He said apart from the Ministerial document setting out specifications for unwashed gum, it was now apparent that both Minister Dr. Andrew Wheatley and Prime Minister Holness in his capacity as Minister of Energy, failed to follow up and to ensure that the events of 2015 were not repeated.

Mr. Paulwell said it should be noted that the report was completed after the PNP administration demitted office in February 2016 and was fully accepted by the Holness cabinet, as a result there should be no excuses for the failure to implement the recommendations.

Among the items on which the PNP Shadow Minister is seeking an update are:

  1. the drafting of a new Petroleum (Quality Control) Bill and Regulations
  2. the establishment of a Petroleum Inspectorate in the Bureau of Standard Jamaica (BSJ) fully equipped to test samples of petroleum throughout the chain of custody
  3. a review by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries (MICAF) of relevant legislation to address and resolve the commercial concerns and issues existing in the petroleum industry, as identified the PTRC
  4. the review by a technical group under the BSJ of gasoline specification and develop protocols for handling and distribution of petroleum.

Mr. Paulwell is asking the Minister to clarify whether the PTRC and the relevant agencies had ceased its implementation meetings since October 2016 and what steps she intends to take to ensure that all the recommendations are implemented to guarantee quality standards in Jamaica’s petroleum sector.

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