The illegal filling of Liquigas’ green cylinders continues unabated even after the company had brought this abuse to the attention of authorities and the police over three years ago. The latest evidence of this abuse was discovered by Liquigas after a number of its green cylinders were filled and distributed by its competitor with a type of green seal that is not used by Liquigas, clearly indicating that these cylinders were not filled by Liquigas at its Beng?ajsa facility.
Liquigas has reported this abuse to the Regulator of Energy and Water Services (REWS) and informed the regulator that it cannot take responsibility for any consequence arising from these illegally filled cylinders. Liquigas has also urged the authority to protect the interests of the consumer by taking the necessary action to stop this abuse.
Dr Roberto Capelluto, Liquigas’ CEO, said: “We expect the authorities to take effective action to protect the interests of Liquigas and also the interests of the end consumer. This is a serious matter, and it should be dealt with immediately especially when there is ample proof of who is behind this illegal activity.”
On the other hand, Liquigas is doing its part. Last October, in an effort to limit significantly the abusive filling of its cylinders by others, it introduced new heat shrink seals on all its green and yellow gas cylinders. This forms part of Liquigas’ ongoing commitment to ensure safety, quality and best service to its customers in Malta and Gozo.
Whilst Liquigas is hoping that the authorities take action to stop this ongoing abuse, ccustomers are being urged to check that the cylinders they are receiving have a Liquigas-branded seal as seen in the attached picture. The Liquigas seal is distinct and can easily be recognised by all. Customers are also urged to ensure that the seal is intact and not tampered with, in order to ensure that they are receiving a cylinder that is properly filled with good quality of gas. This seal also has a serial number for identification and traceability with the words ‘Liquigas’ on it. Apart from offering a simpler and more convenient system for consumers to take off the seal before use, this offers peace of mind as it shows that the cylinder was filled properly at Liquigas modern facility in Beng?ajsa, and therefore carries the guarantee of quality.
For senior citizens who may not have access to media and therefore might be unaware of this latest abuse, Liquigas is encouraging their relatives to inform them of this misuse, and advising them not to accept cylinders that do not have Liquigas’ heat shrink seals. It is important to check that the seal on the cylinder is intact and has not been tampered with.
For further details and assistance, consumers may contact Liquigas Call Centre which is available 24/7, on telephone number 2165 1661/5.
Photocaption: (Left) The false green seal denoting abusive filling and (right) Liquigas seals guaranteeing properly filled cylinders