Four establishments were on Tuesday demolished after Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) Director General Daniel Kiptoo raided rogue companies in Industrial Area.
In a statement, the DG revealed that the raid was conducted in collaboration with sleuths from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) as well as energy police officers and their counterparts from the administrative wing.
In the raid, the Authority successfully decommissioned four illegal facilities and recovered various exhibits that will aid in investigations against their owners and offer leads towards possible prosecution.
"Once investigations are completed, the owners will be charged with operating an unlicensed petroleum storage and handling facility," read the statement in part.
Addressing the press shortly after the ambush, Kiptoo sent a warning to other businessmen running similar facilities.
He directed them to cease operations and seek compliance from the Authority to ensure lawful operations.
The raid comes days after the authority closed 7 companies dealing in the sale of Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) for non-compliance and malpractice.
Four of the stations were based in Nairobi County while others were based in Nakuru and Kiambu.
They included; Avien Gas Limited, Points Merchant Limited, Bash Gas Limited, Alfa Gas and Geogas Limited.
Others were Aultia Investments Company Limited and Crescent Energy Limited.
EPRA announced that the companies, found in violation of various regulations guiding the safe handling of gas cylinders, were shut down between July and September this year.
"The Authority maintains a hotline number (0709 336 000), operational during normal working hours to enhance enforcement and compliance activities. Members of the public are requested to be vigilant and are encouraged to report any suspected cases of illegal trade of LPG in cylinders through the hotline number" the authority cautioned.
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