DPR Officials Seal Off Illegal Gas Plants in Lagos Photo: DPR

DPR shuts 85 illegal gas plants over safety standards in Lagos

*The Department of Petroleum Resources discloses the plants were shut for failure to comply with international safety standards and operating without approval or licence

*The measure is to curb the occurrence of gas explosion and fire incidents in the state, says Ayorinde Cardoso, Zonal Operations Controller

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

For failure to comply with the requisite international safety standards and operating without approval or licence in Nigeria, the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) says it shut down 85 Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) plants in Lagos State from January to October 2020.

Mr. Ayorinde Cardoso, Zonal Operations Controller of DPR, Lagos, made this known while speaking with journalists during a public sensitisation exercise on safe usage of LPG.

The agency had organised the programme in some parts of Lagos Mainland Wednesday, November 18.

The Zonal Controller stated that the affected LPG (cooking gas) plants were seal off for not complying with international safety standards and operating without approval or licence from the DPR.

The move, he said, is to curb the occurrence of gas explosion and fire incidents in the state.

He said the oil and gas regulatory agency would continue to clamp down on such illegal plants, while at the same time sensitising the public on the need for safe usage and distribution of gas.

“We are doing this sensitisation to tell the public that it is safe to use gas. It is an efficient and clean source of energy if used appropriately.

“We want to bring the gas sector to the citizens and deepen utilisation of LPG for job creation and national development which is the aspiration of the federal government.

“We will be doing this exercise continuously in various parts of the state,” he remarked.

Cardoso noted that the government through the National Gas Expansion Programme is committed to making gas accessible and affordable for Nigerian consumers.

He added: “We have a lot of people coming into the sector to invest and DPR is on ground to ensure that they follow the regulatory requirements.

“We recently brought out new guidelines to encourage investors and anybody that wants to operate in the sector should follow the guidelines.

The DPR is also collaborating with the Lagos State Government and other stakeholders towards improving safety in gas storage, sales and distribution in the state.

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