The Energy Regulation Board -ERB has with immediate effect suspended the issuance of construction permits for new filling stations in Lusaka district for a period of Six months.
Energy Regulation Board Public Relations Manager Kwali Mfune says the Board shall also not review any Environmental Project Brief for new filling stations Lusaka District during the same period.
Ms Mfune stated that the board shall in the interim revise the allowable distance between operating filling stations from 5-hundred meters to 3-hundred meters countrywide with immediate effect.
She said the suspension of issuance of construction permits shall not apply to proposed rehabilitation, knock down and the re-build of existing filling stations
Ms Mfune further explained that measures have been taken following Board resolutions at a meeting held on Thursday 6th May 2021 in Lusaka.
She pointed out that the Board further resolved that a multi-sectoral Technical Committee comprising members from relevant government ministries, agencies, departments and authorities be constituted.
Ms Mfune added that the committee would conduct a comprehensive study during the six months period to assess the risks associated with the existing concentration of filling stations in the various localities in Lusaka.
In 2019 the ERB started the process of revising the Guidelines for Siting of filling stations in response to emerging issues in the petroleum sub-sector.