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The Fuels Inspectorate (formerly Petroleum Inspectorate) was established in 2003 to ensure that sound industry codes of practice were adopted; to ensure that safety and environmental management systems are effectively developed and implemented; and to play a vital role in ensuring proper emergency planning and coordination. Importantly also, OfReg Fuels is a statutory consultancy for all planning applications involving fixed installations designed for storage and handling (including transport) of fuel products.

Since its inception, the Team has over 34 years (accumulated) experience in the sector and continues to build capacity to adequately serve the transformational fuels sector in the Cayman Islands.

History of the Petroleum Inspectorate and Enabling Legislation

In response to several concerns raised during a 1994 review of government insurance and risk management programs, a full appraisal was conducted of all petroleum fuels storage handling activities on the Cayman Islands. The technical appraisal fundamentally reviewed compliance with recognized and accepted Codes and Standards, and development and implementation of management systems to ensure safe and environmentally responsible operation. The Technical appraisal recommended that Government should create an inspectorate department (hire a Chief Petroleum Inspector) to implements relevant policies and strategies in the petroleum sector. This was carried out in early 2003.

In 2003 “The Dangerous Substances Handling and Storage Law” was enacted, replacing the Petroleum Handling and Storage Law. The 1997 Fire Code among various other local and international legislations and Codes guides the work of the department. The Law makes provision for the incorporation by reference, key industry standards to form part of the law and these include NFPA, API, ASME, ASTM, CGA and UL for instance. The Dangerous Substances Law was revised in 2017 to include broader matters of the industry including weights & measures, fuel quality requirements and provision for certification of persons performing work in the Industry.