On Monday 19th, Botswana Energy Regulatory Authority started stakeholder consultations on the Draft Petroleum, and Consumer Complaints Regulations. When opening the workshop on Monday, at Travel Lodge the Chief Executive Officer, said she was pleased to be opening the stakeholder consultative workshop on the draft petroleum and consumer complaints regulations, and alluded that BERA has been working tirelessly to ensure that a number of regulations governing the electricity, petroleum, liquefied Petroleum Gas, consumer complaints, etc., are promulgated to enable efficient regulation of the energy sector. Ms Seretse continued to say that Monday was marking the commencement of country-wide consultations on the Draft Petroleum and Consumer Complaints Regulations.
These consultations are to be held in Palapye, Francistown, Maun and Tsabong, and are expected to be completed by the first week of December 2018. CEO hinted on the need for conducting this consultative workshop, as it’s the Authority`s responsibility to ensure that the regulation for energy sector is done in accordance with best international regulatory practice.
Ms Seretse added that BERA board has recently approved Petroleum Products Licensing Process Map which define roles and timelines for licensing of petroleum activities. Furthermore BERA has adopted about 20 petroleum and gas standards as compulsory standards, while the petroleum testing facilities that were previously managed by the Department of Energy were transferred to BERA in September 2018. Recently the Authority tested 7 samples for petroleum quality and only 1 sample was found to be non-compliant.
When concluding her speech she appreciated the stakeholders, and pleaded with stakeholders to give the exercise the attention it deserves.