Low LPG uptake worries Mera

At a time when the country is struggling to meet the demand for electricity, Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) is still underutilized as only one percent of the population in Malawi uses it.

Consumer Affairs Officer for Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA), Vitumbiko Sakala disclosed this on Sunday at Sunbird Nkopola in Mangochi during an interface meeting with members of the Editors Forum.

"Uptake of LPG is still very low because of the safety risk perception as there are myths that LPG is dangerous and highly explosive," said Sakala.

Only 1% of Malawians are using LPG

Sakala said despite consistent growth of consumption in the country of over 20 percent per annum, Malawi was far behind in its usage of LPG.

"We are behind our neighbors in the usage of LPG compared to Tanzania, Zambia, and Mozambique," he said.

Sakala said currently, 70 percent of LPG consumption is for domestic and 30 percent is for commercial use.

He also said we only have three importers of LPG and 35 retail outlets in the whole country.

LPG has a high calorific value; hence, suitable for cooking, heating, and lighting homes.

Mera is mandated to regulate the liquid fuels and gas sectors in Malawi to ensure the protection of public safety, public health, and the environment.