Gov’t looks at ways to cut gas wastage in KB, Seria
THE government has embarked on a study to find an efficient method of running the existing domestic gas supply line used by about 10,000 households and businesses in Seria and Kuala Belait.
Minister of Energy and Industry Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Mohammad Yasmin Hj Umar said the study will explore the safety, security, operation and maintenance of the entire domestic gas supply system.
In an interview with The Brunei Times, he said the study also aimed to find the best system in encouraging consumers to use gas more prudently.
The study is expected to address domestic gas wastage as some of the 10,000 households and businesses in Seria and Kuala Belait are using an equivalent of eight liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders per month.
This is in comparison to two gas cylinders used by about 58,000 other households and businesses in the country, which do not have the domestic gas supply pipelines connected to their premises.
The domestic gas supply line is unique only to Belait District as the oil and gas infrastructure has allowed the government to provide a gas supply pipeline to their premises a few decades ago when Brunei started to develop the industry.
The study, which began about two months ago, is slated to be completed by the end of the year.
YB Pehin Dato Hj Mohd Yasmin said any decision on the gas supply system may depend on the conclusion of the study.
There is also the possibility that management and maintenance of the domestic gas supply system will be outsourced to the private sector, creating more business activities and employment for the people.
“What we want is to give a system that will teach people to save (their use of gas), apart from having better services and this is also part of the study.
“The study has to be done thoroughly as it affects 10,000 consumers (including households and businesses) and it is not an easy task as we also need to see how the system could work conveniently for the people," he added.
The minister said the main aim of the government is not to burden its people, but it also needs to find the best solution to improve and ensure the safety and efficiency of the system.
The Brunei Times