Kenyan Bureau of Standards Launches Global First LPG Smart Metering Standard

PayGo Energy’s Cylinder Smart Meter is the first fully compliant meter on the market.

Meter for dispensing liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) from cylinder” (KNWA 2885:2019, ‘the Standard’)

The Standard is the first of its kind globally. The introduction of the Standard, alongside the growth of LPG focussed technology companies such as PayGo Energy, puts Kenya at the forefront of LPG cylinder metering innovation.

The Standard was developed by a number of stakeholders including PayGo Energy and KEBS, led by Mr. Boniface Juma as the Secretary to the LPG Technical Committee and renowned LPG installations expert. “The Standard aims to give consumers the convenience of purchasing LPG in pocket friendly quantities at any particular time. Requirements included in this Standard - to mention but a few include, ATEX certification, a European Union Directive that requires health and safety protections for equipment being used in potentially explosive environments and a third party certification to confirm suitability for use in explosive environments”

The Standard legitimizes the nascent industry and enables compliant companies to commercialize their technologies. “The Standard has validated the safety of this innovative technology, driven by The Internet of Things, and this will no doubt revolutionize the consumption of LPG. We can now move to making LPG the primary cooking fuel in Kenya and East Africa and in so doing save the lives of thousands of mothers and children whilst protecting our forests from further destruction” - said Wanjiku Manyara, General Manager of the Petroleum Institute of East Africa (PIEA).

“PayGo Energy’s mission is to transform emerging markets for LPG through digital innovation. Many of our customers are first-time users of gas, making in-home safety all the more important. We are proud to have achieved the highest level of safety compliance with our ATEX certification. With this certification we can officially launch our Cylinder Smart Meter in Kenya in the coming weeks” said Nick Quintong, CEO of PayGo Energy.

About Kenyan Bureau of Standards (KEBS)

KEBS’ mission is to provide standards based solutions that promote innovation, trade and quality life.

KEBS has remained the premier government agency for the provision of Standards, Metrology and Conformity Assessment (SMCA) services since its inception in 1974. Over that period its main activities have grown from the development of standards and quality control for a limited number of locally made products in the 1970s to the provision of more comprehensive Standards development, Metrology, Conformity Assessment, Training and Certification services.

About PayGo Energy

PayGo Energy was founded in 2015 with a mission to transform emerging markets for LPG through digital innovation. The PayGo platform creates a fully digital LPG supply chain, making it easy to buy and sell gas in markets without piped infrastructure. The PayGo Cylinder Smart Meter expands the market by removing cost barriers to cooking with gas using pay-as-you-go technology. The result is a more efficient, better connected supply chain, and more affordable, accessible gas; unlocking Clean Cooking for the Next Billion.

About Petroleum Institute of East Africa (PIEA)

The Petroleum Institute of East Africa (PIEA) is the professional body for the oil and gas industry in the EA region. The mission of the PIEA is to provide a forum for expertise and excellence in the oil industry, promote professionalism and free enterprise in the petroleum business supported by the highest operations and business standards.