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PNP calls for update on implementation of 'bad gas' recommendations

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Opposition People's National Party's (PNP) Spokesman on Energy, Phillip Paulwell , wants the newly appointed Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Fayval Williams, to update the nation on the implementation of recommendations by the Petroleum Trade Reform Committee (PTRC) that investigated the substandard product in the market in 2015.

In a statement yesterday, Paulwell said he is extremely surprised to hear of new reports of the possible existence of bad gas in the petroleum retail sector.

He said Cabinet had accepted the report from the PTRC on August 22, 2016, and agreed to implement a series of recommendations.

The spokesman said both former Energy Minister Dr Andrew Wheatley and Prime Minister Andrew Holness in his capacity as Minister of Energy, failed to follow up and to ensure that the events of 2015 were not repeated.

Paulwell is now asking the new energy minister to clarify whether the PTRC and the relevant agencies had ceased its implementation meetings since October 2016 and what steps she intends to take to ensure that all the recommendations are implemented to guarantee quality standards in Jamaica's petroleum sector.

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