As part of efforts to ensure application of the highest safety standards by downstream operators in the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) sub-sector of the Nigerian oil and gas industry, the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) said it would soon issue new guidelines to regulate the industry.

Zonal controller, DPR, Lagos, Oluwole Akinyosoye, who disclosed this while making a presentation on safety in LPG operations on the occasion of NIPCO Safety week celebrations in Lagos stated that the guidelines would focus on life threatening issues being taken for granted by operators in the industry.

Commending NIPCO management for the high level of safety consciousness and excellent housekeeping being exhibited by the company, the zonal controller, said the feat has given credence to the receipt of best compliant HSE terminal NPA awards consecutively in the past six years.

“We are today talking to NIPCO, we are going to engage other players in the industry as well, we have stated engaging NNPC as well, to ensure we don’t just load the products, but ensure that those trucks are fit for purpose.

“If you load trucks that is not fit for purpose, and there is an explosion in your facility, God forbids, on the way to the plants, or at the plants, it will be on record that the truck loaded from your company, that is why we are looking at the LPG guidelines once again,” he said.

Akinyosoye said that correspondence would soon go to all operators on how to be up to speed with regards to loading and ancillary issues.

“You know better than us because you do it every day and we may be theoretical in ways, we do things, but we relate to all sectors of the industry, and we know where the shoes are pinching, and those guidelines we are fashioning out,” he said.

According to him, the guidelines would spell out what needs to be in place before truck loads, ensuring that they have the right shut out valves and correctly installed as well trucks being fit for purpose.

Recalling the sad experience of January 15, 2018 , when one of the bottling plants operator lost huge investment, the DPR controller enjoined both the investor and customers alike to adhere strictly to safety rules to avert such incident in future.

He said NIPCO has exhibited exemplary behaviour in the area of safety and their operations generally noting that, “I have not received any negative report on the company, and am saying that with all sense of responsibility. “

The controller also commended the management for the investment they have put in place in terms of infrastructure for commercial gas in Nigeria.

Akinyosoye implored the staff to understand that whenever an investor was putting his money in any economy, that investor has a hope to make descent profits and that can only happen if the workforce gives its best.

The controller who launched NIPCO’s safety pamphlet designed to guide users of LPG as domestic cooking fuel in a safe manner as a corporate social responsibility initiative enjoined all stakeholders to keep safe at all times .

Earlier while declaring open the Safety Week events, NIPCO Plc, managing director, Sanjay Teotia , said that good health safety and environment (HSE) performance was an integral part of efficiency in the downstream sector of the nation’s oil industry.

He reiterated the commitment to sustain its safety culture which has manifested in zero incidents and fatality in the entire 14 years of its operations adding that the HSE’s policy of the company was hinged on prevention of injury to employees, assets, and environment.