The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), has reiterated its commitment to upholding health, safety and environment standards in the nation’s oil and gas industry in line with international safety requirements.
The agency also said it would ensure that operators in the industry complied with set rules with a view to rganizing inherent risks as well as evolve standards in the sector that can stand the test of time.
Besides,the agency said it was considering stringent actions against indiscriminate siting of gas stations in the residential vicinity and the activities of tanker drivers in the country.
Dr. Musa Zagi, deputy director, Health,Safety and Environment,Department of Petroleum Resources,disclosed this in Lagos at a pre-event press conference of the agency’s HSE activity billed to hold in Lagos next week.
The theme of the event is:’’Driving Sustainability in the Oil and Gas Industry through Improved Stakeholders’ Environmental Stewardship.’
He explained conference serves to engender HSE awareness amongst stakeholders in the industry and still remains the biggest forum that brings HSE experts from both within and outside the country to share new ideas and experiences on HSE issues.
Zagi,who doubles as the conference rganizing committee chairman, disclosed that the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, would launch three policy documents on regulatory safety regulatory issues.
He added that the HSE conference would provide a platform for HSE professionals in the Nigerian oil and gas industry and other interested participants (local and foreign) to meet and share experiences (local and foreign) relating to HSE issues arising from exploration & production, downstream and other related activities.