DPR Seals 40 Illegal Gas Plants In A’Ibom

DPR Seals 40 Illegal Gas Plants In A’Ibom

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in Akwa Ibom state has shutdown 40 illegal gas plants over unwholesome practices the state in December, 2019. 

The Operations Controller of DPR in – charge of Eket Field, Mr Tamunoiminabo Kingsley-Sundaye, stated this during a sensitization workshop for down stream operators (White product and LPG handlers) in Uyo, the state capital, on Friday.

He lamented that the department had in recent times observed sharp practices by the people doing resellers business, warning that such business is unacceptable in the state. 
He explained that the objective of the workshop was for white product and LPG handlers to understand the risks and safety importance in their business. 
“The workshop is to emphasized on those people who are doing illegal refilling of gas cylinders and decounting. That method is not known by any engineering standard. 
“People now convert high pressure 50kg cylinders to become vessel and put pipes that have not been in any control and start refilling smaller units in residential areas,” Kingsley-Sundaye frowned. 
He said that 21 illegal gas plants were sealed in Eket while 19 illegal gas plants were sealed in Uyo. 
Kingsley-Sundaye frowned at those marketers who were doing the illegal business, saying that such business was not covered by any regulations and law. 
“If they want to do resellers business, they have to look for shops that meant the requirements and put it with things that are required and get cylinders that are acceptable by the department and the department will have to inspect it,” he said. 
He emphasized on safety in the oil and gas industry due to unsafe practices going on in the state, saying that the department would ensure that they would bring the unsafe practices to the barest minimum. 
Also speaking, Mr Ubong Isong, the Chairman of Independent Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) said that the workshop was a welcome development, adding that safety was key in oil and gas industry. 
He said that the workshop would help to know the don’t and dos in the business of downstream operators in the state. 
Isong warned filling stations operators not to discharge product while selling to the public at the same time, saying that filling stations should be close while discharging the product.


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