The Department of Petroleum Resources has warned fuel station operators who are also selling Liquefied Petroleum Gas without government authorisation to desist from the act or face the wrath of the law.
The Zonal Operations Controller, DPR, Lagos State, Wole Akinyosoye, during the Annual DPR/Petroleum Marketers’ Meeting in Ibadan on Tuesday, also said the fuel scarcity experienced in December last year would not repeat itself this year, noting that there was enough volume of the product.
Akinyosoye said, “Safety of lives and property is the central theme of oil and gas operations and it is remarkable that safe operations have been the hallmark in the last one year. Talking about safety and operations, you will notice that since the scarcity of kerosene became a permanent feature a couple of years ago, the LPG business has risen to the challenge to provide cooking energy at our homes.
“Let us remind ourselves that it is also illegal to operate an LPG skid even in DPR-approved petrol stations. Holding a license to operate a petrol station does not entitle a dealer to set up a gas skid without obtaining the due approvals for the operation from the department, and the dealer must always take care to operate in safe manners even under licence.
“We also wish to remind ourselves that gas retailers are only eligible to exchange empty cylinders and not refill them for customers. Such retailers are to operate in shops located in safe areas. They are not to decant gas from one cylinder to another or engage skid or plant operations.”
Akinyosoye added that DPR was aware that the rules were being violated by owners of fuel stations and gas retailers.
“Unfortunately, we have noticed that some operators go into LPG business without giving due considerations to safety and the existing rules. It is disheartening to also note some operators blatantly construct LPG storage tanks without recourse to the prescribed standards,” he said.
On measures being taken to avert fuel scarcity in December, Akinyosoye said the government had taken all the steps to bridge gaps responsible for fuel scarcity.
“Government is leaving no stone unturned. The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation is working round the clock to keep up with the supply and bridge all gaps in all areas, especially in shoring up strategic reserves,” he said.