Staff Reporter

KOLLAM: In the wake of the tanker accident at Puthentheruvu on December 31 that claimed 10 lives, the Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation (PESO) has decided to take necessary steps to ensure better safety for transporting LPG.

The PESO functions under the Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

It regulates and monitors the manufacture, import, export, transport possession, sale and use of explosives, petroleum products and compressed gases as envisaged under the relevant Acts.

Stability rate

Sources in the PESO told The Hindu that there would be a revision of the stability rate of all LPG transporting trucks.

Fresh calculations would be made with respect to different models of vehicles.

Changes

The PESO is also considering replacing the excess flow valve in the liquid and vapour line of LPG tanker trucks with an internal excess flow valve.

In this case, any impact in the event of an accident will remain restricted internally.

If the impact causes pressure, there are two safety relief valves on top.

The sources said the condition of the safety relief valves should be checked annually and certified by the PESO. Inspection will also be undertaken to verify the periodicity of the safety relief valve certificates.

The sources said oil companies were being advised to explore the possibility of water transport of LPG, wherever possible.

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