April 9: Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) has ordered the sale of full cylinders of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) from coming Sunday. A meeting of the Board of Directors of the NOC took a decision to this effect on Thursday (April 8). Once the half-filled cylinders get sold out, gas-bottling plants will be selling full cylinders weighing 14.2 kg each.
According to the national news agency RSS (Rastriya Samachar Samiti), NOC spokesperson Binitmani Upadhyay shared that the LPG companies will be allowed to fill LPG cylinders to the full from Thursday. The companies had urged the corporation to allow the sale and distribution of full cylinder citing decline in the sale volume of half-filled cylinder in the recent days.
RSS reported that the NOC reviewed its earlier decision acting on the demand of companies as well as the lack of storage space and allowed for the sale of full cylinders.
Considering the likelihood of scarcity, the NOC had instructed the gas bottling companies to sell half-filled cylinder weighing 7.1 kg since March 29.
Chairperson of Nepal LP Gas Industry Association Gokul Bhandari said gas bullets have been left unloaded as the cylinders of all the gas companies remain occupied. He said that 59 gas industries across the country have a total gas storage capacity of around 10,000 metric tons.