The clamp down on operators engaged in unacceptable oil and gas industry practices continues as the Department of Petroleum Services (DPR) has sealed 53 filling stations and 4 gas plants in the Northern state of Kaduna.
These stations and plants were sealed by officials of the DPR for several reasons including hoarding, under-dispensing and deflection of petroleum products. This was disclosed by the Isa Tafida, Zonal Operations Controller, Kaduna Zone, while speaking to newsmen on Tuesday, August 6, 2019, after the Department concluded its routine surveillance across plants and filling stations in Kaduna state.
Tafida said that no fewer than 354 stations and 19 refilling gas plants were visited in July as the DPR embarked on surveillance operations to check the activities of operators in the oil and gas sector. Out of these stations, 53 were brought under fire for various issues. 11 were found wanting for under delivery, 40 for non compliance and disregard for safety measures, 1 for over delivery and another 1 for diverting petroleum product.
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Speaking further, the Zonal Controller stated that no fewer than 4 gas refilling plants were sealed for a number of offences, including being in operation without a license, carrying out installations and upgrades without required approvals and non adherence to industry safety standards. The Department also discovered two plants that were in operation illegally – they did not have a valid DPR license, and neither did they get approval from other relevant agencies. Those stations were dismantled accordingly.
Tafida gave members of the public the assurances that the institution was committed to ensuring that operators adhere to Standard Operating Procedures obtainable internationally. He also commended operators who do the right thing by following stipulated guidelines and standards.
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