Kuwait Oil Tanker Co to curb misuse of three million gas cylinders

Company says 14,500 cases of damaged and tampered gas cylinders were reported in 2018, driving concerns in local market

KOTC plans to boost gas cylinder safety.
KOTC plans to boost gas cylinder safety.

Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC) confirmed it had created a plan to prevent possible hazards caused by the misuse of three million gas cylinders currently in use across the local market, adding that state bodies were working together to address the “growing problem”.

Claiming that the gas cylinders could have a life cycle of 24 years if used properly and safely, KOTC said the number of gas cylinders reported to have been damaged or tampered with in 2018 amounted to 14,500.

KOTC’s statement to Kuwait’s state news agency, Kuna, added that around 90% of gas cylinders were misused in Kuwait, resulting in “tremendous waste accumulation” that threatened the environment and the oil industry.

Many of these gas cylinders end up in households for residential use, leading to cases of misuse such as hurling the vessels around, KOTC added. 

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