Improvement of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Cylinder Inter-Change Model (LPG Cylinder Exchange Pool) for EAC

An LPG Cylinder Exchange system facilitates the exchange of cylinders amongst LPG marketing companies. The system is based on the concept that LPG cylinders are returnable containers and are owned by the brand owner. As such, the consumer pays a deposit on the initial acquisition of the cylinder. Once the interchange occurs, the brand owner of the filled cylinder is then tasked with handing over the empty cylinder collected to the rightful brand owner within an agreed period. This system has been successfully implemented in Kenya. The rest of the EAC member countries(Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Burundi) are in the process of adopting the LPG cylinder exchange systems to enhance the usage of LPG in East Africa. In addition, EREA is supporting these NRIs to develop control procedures to ensure proper working of the adopted LPG cylinder exchange system; and considering building a common user central clearing house prevent illegal cylinder refilling.

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