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RUBiS says it wants 'bad gas' source identified

Published:Monday | January 11, 2016 | 1:14 AM
RUBiS Jamaica's chief executive officer, Alain Carreau, says the company fully supports the independent investigation into the bad gas saga commissioned by the government.

Gas marketing company RUBiS Energy Jamaica Limited says it wants to know the source of the alleged bad gas being dispensed in the local petrol trade. 

The company, which, manages a network of more than 50 service stations across Jamaica, made the statement in an advertisement in yesterday's edition of The Sunday Gleaner

RUBiS Jamaica's chief executive officer, Alain Carreau, says the company fully supports the independent investigation into the bad gas saga commissioned by the government. 

He also says while there is no evidence that the bad gas was being distributed through the RUBiS-operated system, it is important that the source be identified so that safeguards can be implemented to prevent a recurrence. 

Chairman of the Bureau of Standards Jamaica, Professor Winston Davidson, has said it will be extremely difficult to identify the source. 

Meanwhile, the local boss of the French gas company says RUBiS is reviewing all its procedures to strengthen the integrity of its products and supply chain.

RUBiS gets its gas from the Petroleum Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago (PetroTrin), as well as through Jamaica's oil refinery, PetroJam.

According to the company, it gets certificates of quality from the two entities, while the gas is put through tests to ensure its conformity to standards.

Since the bad gas saga, the Bureau of Standards has recommended that Jamaica temporarily use an international standard for certain elements of gas until an official standard is put in place. 

Seventeen gas stations have been linked to the dispensing of alleged bad gas. 

A government committee probing the issue is to submit a preliminary report by January 31.