Development and enforcement of Regulations/Rules governing retail petroleum stations construction and operation are essential for East Africa to ensure sustainable development of this part of the petroleum supply chain. To spearhead a harmonised approach for EAC member countries, EREA secretariat, through the technical committee drawn from these member states has reviewed the Petroleum Retail Regulations/Rules of the member NRIs to compare the provisions therein for purposes of improvements. The main areas of comparison in the Regulations/Rules were: 1. Construction approval, 2. Design, 3. Licensing, and 4. Transition period allowed after the implementation of the Regulations/Rules.
From this study, the member states, are considering enhancing and implementing the regulations focussing in the following areas:
- Stakeholder review process before construction approval;
- Distance between retail petroleum stations;
- Colour Coding of Tanks, Pipes and Pumps at the petroleum retail station;
- Decommissioning procedures; and
- The transition period for compliance of already existing stations.