DPR seals 10 gas plants, 40 retail outlets for infractions in Delta

* Businesses shouldn’t endanger people’s lives, property ─Operations Controller

Isola Moses

Towards ensuring the security of lives and property of energy consumers in the state, the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Warri Zonal Office, in Delta State of Nigeria, says it has sealed off 10 gas plants and 40 gas retail shops over various offences.

Agency report says Engr. Victor Ohwodiasa, Manager, Gas Division, Warri, led a surveillance team of the regulatory agency on the routine exercise on behalf of Mr. Antai Asuquo, Operations Controller of DPR, in Warri.

Asuquo said Tuesday, February 4, that the gas plants and shops were shut down between January 7 and 31 in Asaba, Agbor, and its environs in Delta State.

He said that eight of the gas plants were seal off for operating illegally, while the other two plants were shut down for inadequate safety facilities.

According to him, the gas shops were closed over offences bordering on operating without valid licences, operating in an unsafe environment, and decamping from bigger cylinder to smaller cylinders.

Asuquo said that beyond sanctioning, the regulatory agency also used the opportunity to sensitise the public on things they needed to know about gas.

“DPR will continue to monitor gas plants and gas retail outlets with a view to ensuring that they operate at best and safest manner as possible.

“We want to ensure that the environments they site their gas plants are conducive,” he stated.

He further stressed that gas utilisation, penetration and commercialisation should be encouraged, and it is trying to drive the policy.

“In driving the policy, DPR being the regulator, must ensure that whatever is being done in that respect is done in a safest and applying international best practices.

“This is why we would continue to visit gas plants, retail outlets and do environmental assessment, to check the safety concerns in those places and ensure that the operators are properly trained to handle gas being a very volatile substance

“If you are doing business, you should not endanger people’s lives and properties, we will not tolerate that,” he said.

Asuquo said that DPR would continue to sustain the surveillance to ensure that gas and LPG were properly handled in the safest manner.

He, however, said that the level of compliance was on the increase hoping that the development would be sustained.

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