Tuesday, August 6,2019
The Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, has closed down 53 filling stations and four gas plants in Kaduna for under-dispensing, hoarding, and diversion of petroleum products.
The department closed down one of the 53 filling stations after it was found to be over dispensing Premium Motor Spirit, PMS according to report.
Speaking on Tuesday after the department’s routine surveillance on filling and gas stations in Kaduna, the Zonal Operations Controller, Kaduna Zone, Isa Tafida, said it was the responsibility of the organization to monitor and supervise the activities of the Oil and Gas industry in the country.
He added that it is aimed at checking product hoarding and diversion as well as selling regulated products above the approved pump prices, saying that the department sanctioned any erring station.
He explained, “A total of 354 petrol stations were visited within July and were found selling products below or at the approved pump prices of N143 to N145 per liter while 19 gas refilling plants were also visited.
“53 filling stations were sealed for various offenses; 11 stations sealed for under-delivery to the public, 1 station was sealed for over-delivery, 40 were sealed for non-compliance and
adherence to safety regulations and 1 was sealed for diversion of product.
“Additionally, 4 gas refilling plants were sealed for offenses varying from operating without a valid license, installation and upgrade without approval and non-compliance to safety standards.
“Two plants were found to be operating illegally, that is, construction and operation without a DPR license and other statutory approvals of relevant agencies.
“These were dismantled accordingly in addition to a Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) Add-on which had installed capacity above its issued approval.”
He emphasized adherence to the safe operating conditions of LPG plants, in line with revised DPR Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and guidelines issued recently.
The Zonal Operation Controller assured the general public that stringent safety measures are being applied following international best practice as the nation witnesses increased LPG demand and usage across the States of the federation.
He commended all the retail outlets and LPG plants which have been operating in compliance with applicable petroleum laws, regulations, and statutory guidelines, and assured that the ongoing surveillance exercise and the tempo will be sustained to ensure petroleum operations and all facilities are kept in check in the interest of the general public.
He said, “I use this medium to caution all operators to desist from engaging in sharp practices and activities
that contravenes the Petroleum Laws and Regulations.”