“Many operators are compromising safety and quality measures” | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, December 29, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 07:25 AM, December 29, 2019

“Many operators are compromising safety and quality measures”

In conversation with M Muntasir Alam, Chief Commercial Officer, Beximco LPG

Due to our growth in GDP, consumption has increased, which has led to energy requirements going up. There is also a diminishing trend of natural gas, which is used in households. These two factors have contributed to the rising demand for LPG. Importing LNG is an expensive process, so LPG will be used as cooking fuel, and once the infrastructure is built, also as an automotive fuel.

Retailers need a license from the Department of Explosives to store LPG. However, there isn’t adequate manpower in the department to monitor whether this licensing law is complied with. Many operators are compromising their safety and quality measures. Valves must be serviced every 12 to 25 cycles, and the O-rings must be changed. If the O-ring is damaged in the slightest amount, there will be a leak. LPG is denser than air, so if there is a leakage, it stores on the floor level. Bangladeshi households do not have floor ventilators, so the LPG accumulates and this is extremely dangerous.

Traditional steel cylinders are heavy, and also do not allow you to check when the LPG will run out. To solve these issues, at Beximco, we imported the technology to create composite fiberglass cylinders, which are lighter and translucent. They also do not corrode or mess up the kitchen floor tiles. Additionally, if these cylinders catch on fire, the composite fiberglass will melt and the gas will come out, but there will be no boiling liquid expanding vapor explosion (BLEVE).

We have a call centre to allow customers to reach us directly, and we have integrated the centre with a detailed and scientific customer relationship management system. We are also in the process of developing a 50 kg cylinder for commercial use

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