Technical Officer’s Report – FEBRUARY 2012

Defra Stakeholders Meeting

The guidance on implementation of EU Directive on Stage 2 was eventually signed off at the meeting and is now published. This was a good outcome that protects small and vulnerable sites as well as the pump refurbishment market.

It was agreed that the labelling requirements of the Directive could be as simple as a notice somewhere on site, such as at the point of sale, rather than on individual dispensers.

It was further agreed that late subsistence payment charges could be recovered by adding to the next years invoice, but on industry insistence, agreed that this should be notified to the site operator at the time the invoice was due.

Secretary of States guidance PG 1/14 is being reviewed and will be changed to incorporate the requirements of the EU Directive on Stage II. The first draft is expected by the end of February. PEIMF members will get opportunity to comment before it is eventually published at the end of June.

Defra have produced a draft leaflet for employers to give to their employees regarding environmental responsibilities. This can be customised by companies for their own purposes and is available from Defra or could be posted on the PEIMF website.

Environment Agency

The consultation on PPG 27 has been sent to members and at least one PEIMF member has sent comments. GP4 Part3 revision has now been published in draft and is available for members to comment on.

PELG (Petroleum Enforcement Liaison Group)

PELG has for the last year and a half been sponsored by CFOA (Chief Fire Officers Association) but as from February 2012 this role is to be taken over by the Energy Institute, who had offered to host meetings and provide website facilities with free downloads of PELG guidance. This change in sponsorship makes a good fit, as PELG is mostly dealing with technical issues from an enforcement perspective.

National Measurement Office (NMO)

The Measuring Instruments Directive (MID) is well into its transitional period, which ends in 2016. At a recent meeting concerns were expressed that the retail industry was still not fully informed about the implications of this.

Other concerns were noted about the lack of awareness of the need to re-verify after a new POS had been fitted and frequently it was discovered that such changes had been made without re-verification.

Retailer representatives and TSO representatives raised concerns about dispensers that had been factory verified and installed without further checks being made, acknowledging that the law permitted this. Two manufacturers confirmed that they were now re-calibrating where necessary and a third stated that whilst they checked the meter after installation, it would only be re-calibrated if it had fallen outside its maximum permissible errors.

Retail operators, on installing new dispensers, were recommended to insist on a re-verification, if necessary at their own expense, to ensure that their dispensers were operating as accurately as possible. This followed reports that some retailers had suffered high losses from newly installed dispensers, before the error was discovered through routine stock reconciliation.

Service Station Panel

A watch is being kept on the effect of ethanol on hose couplings, swivels and nozzles, following a growing number of reports of leaks occurring believed to be from exposure to ethanol. Site owners are being advised to check the hydraulics on a regular basis.

The guidance for the storage and maintenance of B5 and E5 fuels is being reviewed for suitability for the higher percentage bio-fuels.

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