Sunrise Energy advises the public that liquified petroleum gas (LPG) stock at its Saldanha Bay facility is low, following the rejection of a shipment of LPG this week. Eco Nebula, a vessel chartered by Vita Gas (Pty) Ltd, was scheduled to dock at the Terminal on 20 June 2022. However, its load was rejected because it failed to meet the applicable South African National Standards (SANS) requirements.
Preliminary testing by Bureau Veritas, the independent laboratory at the Sunrise Energy site, completed prior to discharge, revealed an oil residue in the stock on board the vessel, rendering it non-compliant. Attempts to blend the ship’s loads also failed to remedy the situation, leading to the rejection of the entire load.
Sunrise Energy can confirm that several downstream distributors appear to have adequate LPG stocks to meet public demand for LPG. Consequently, the disruption to the local market is anticipated to be limited.
“We are very conscious that a safe supply of on-specification LPG is our paramount responsibility. As soon as we received the independent report from the lab, we were forced to reject the load for non-compliance with national standards. We were also concerned about the defective delivery impacting our facility operations, which might have required us to take storage bullets off-line for cleaning at a time when winter demand is at its peak. Alarmingly, the residue found in the product could also have caused damage to users’ appliances downstream. Under the circumstances, we rejected the delivery. We expect that our facility will deplete its current stock tomorrow, 23 June” shared Monde Tyusha, CEO of Sunrise Energy.
The Sunrise Energy facility remains fully operational and available, and the next shipment is expected on 30 June 2022. Consumers are assured that Sunrise Energy will continue to make every effort to ensure that there is minimal disruption to the safe supply of LPG this winter.