You can now sell up to  20 litres of fuel in jerry cans – MERA

By Chisomo Phiri

The country’s energy regulator, Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA) has granted permission to all oil marketing companies and fuel services stations registered with it to start selling up to 20 litres of fuel in jerry cans to consumers.

In a statement, the authority’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Henry Kachaje says the decision for this is to provide increased convenience to consumers, particularly those with small-sale fuel  requirements machinery, generators, and emergency fuel needs.

“It is essential to emphasize the adherence to safety standards and guidelines during the dispensing and handling of fuel in jerry cans to mitigate any potential risks or hazards.

“Should you require any further clarification or assistance regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact MERA for guidance and support,” says Kachaje in a statement.

Last year, when the country was experiencing a fuel crisis, MERA restricted the buying of fuel in jerry cans without their permission and several service stations were closed and fined for acting contrary to the directive.

MERA is a corporate body established under the Energy Regulatory Act No. 20 of 2004 as the Energy Sector Wide Regulator.

Its mandate is to regulate the energy sector in Malawi in a fair, transparent, efficient and cost effective manner for the benefit of the consumers and operators