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Jakarta Post

Govt blames market for exploding canisters

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, June 26 2010   /  12:25 pm

The government has offered little to ensure the safety of consumers using three-kilogram LPG canisters following a series of explosions in household kitchens caused by gas leakages, experts and analysts say. In a press briefing held at the Vice Presidential Palace on Friday, the government blamed the market for the distribution of gas canisters and other components that did not meet Indonesian National Standards (SNI). "Illegal pipes with fake SNI labels are common in the market. The police and the Trade Ministry will withdraw them from the market," Evita H. Legowo, the director general for oil and gas at the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry, said. The government began rolling out the three-kilogram gas canisters in a kerosene conversion program to reduce fuel subsidies. The conversion program had reportedly cost some Rp 20 trillion (US$2.2 million). The Indonesi...