5 March 2015

Gas Terminalling partnered DPR to raise awareness about Safe LPG trading.


Gas Terminalling partnered DPR to raise awareness about Safe LPG trading.

The Ilorin field office of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in conjunction with Gas Terminalling has brought to a front-burner, the importance of ensuring safe operational practices among the operators of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) and safe use of the product among households.

The partnership led to a recently held one-day workshop centered around promoting safe LPG Retail Outlets and mitigating the illegal sort. The conference was conveyed as one of the ways to address the proliferation of unlicensed LPG retail outlets in the Ilorin metropolis, the unsafe practices among some of the operators, and the potential danger such acts pose to life and properties.

The DPR through its Ilorin Operations Controller, Mr. Salvation Philip while commending Gas Terminalling for its efforts at improving the Health Safety and Environment (HSE) standard of its operations, and willingness to train other participants at the workshop, frowned at the rate at which illegal LPG retail outlets spring up in Ilorin and environs. He also declared the watchdog through the exercise of its statutory mandate, has resolved to sanitize the industry of all unsafe practices; especially among the LPG operators. He also stated that the installation of LPG outlets in filling stations without proper DPR approval would no longer be tolerated.

Known for its un-paralleled safety, Health and Environmental consciousness, Gas Terminalling (which has HSE as key organizational culture), partnered with the DPR to facilitate the training as a way to contribute to raising awareness and bringing up to international standard, safe practices among other LPG operators irrespective of their level of play in the industry.

While re-emphasizing LPG as a safe and affordable cooking fuel, Mr. Omotunde Hassan (General Manager, Operations) and Mr. Michael Olajide (HSE Manager), both with Gas Terminalling, noted that LPG usage however, must be handled with care. They charged DPR to step up enforcement of necessary regulations and rules guiding the business.

The event, which held at the Africa Peoples Hall, GRA Ilorin, had in attendance, representatives of key regulatory and government agencies including the Civil Defence Corps, The Nigeria Police, Kwara State Ministry of Information, The National Orientation Agency, Fire Service, The Federal Road Safety Corps among others. Participants from the LPG operators include members of Ilorin Branch of the LPG Street Retailers Association, Skid plant operators and some major plant owners.