DOE orders suspension of Omni Gas SCC after refilling plant explosion

DOE orders suspension of Omni Gas SCC after refilling plant explosion

The Department of Energy (DOE) has ordered the cancellation of the standards compliance certificate (SCC) of the Omni Gas Corp., after its refilling plant exploded on Wednesday.

The company’s liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) refilling plant in Pasig City incurred a leak that led to an explosion and fire that injured 23 people, reports say.

DOE Secretary Alfonso Cusi wants the SCC cancelled over the incident and said the company is not allowed to operate until it secures a new SCC after investigations conducted by the DOE.

“Violations of the DOE Circular on LPG Rules merit administrative sanctions on those responsible,” Cusi said.

SCCs are issued when an LPG refilling plant is able to follow the minimum requirements of the Philippine National Standards (PNS) for refilling plants and the DOE circular on LPG Industry Rules.

The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) also has its own requirements for compliance.

“Public safety is always our priority and the DOE (Department of Energy) is looking closely   at this unfortunate incident which injured at least 20 people. Our common objective with the BFP is to ensure that this does not happen again,” Cusi said.

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