DPR approves new LPG guidelines for investors, operators

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Nigeria’s Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has stated it introduced fresh guidelines to accommodate more Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) investors and operators across the country.

According to the DPR, the measure is aimed at enhancing the availability of LPG, also known as cooking gas in the country, besides meeting the current administration’s target of 5 million metric tonnes of domestic, commercial and industrial LPG utilisation in the next 10 years.

 

ConsumerConnect reports Ayorinde Cardoso, Zonal Operations Controller at DPR, in his interaction with the media during a public sensitisation exercise on safe usage of LPG in Lagos State, noted that the Federal Government through the National Gas Expansion Programme is committed to making gas accessible and affordable for Nigerians.

Cardoso said: “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 have brought out new guidelines to encourage investors and anybody that wants to operate in the sector to follow the guidelines.

“DPR is also collaborating with the Lagos state government and other stakeholders to improve safety in gas storage, sales and distribution.”

He explained that the Department shut down 85 LPG plants in Lagos in the last 10 months (January to October).

The plants were shut down for not complying with international safety standards and operating without approval or licence from the DPR, he stated.

The DPR Zonal Operations Controller further said: “The move is to curb the occurrence of gas explosion and fire incidents in the state. We will continue to clamp down 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.”

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

He added that the DPR would be doing this exercise continuously in various parts of the state.

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