Marketers in the Pipelines and Products Marketing Company (PPMC) depot in Ejigbo-Lagos State and Mosimi- Ogun State on Friday alleged that petroleum storage tanks leak, hence, causing a mixture of water and petroleum products when the rains come.
Some marketers, who spoke on condition of anonymity in Lagos, said that some of the storage tanks in the two depots are in poor conditions and need urgent repairs.
They said that they are concerned especially because the raining season has arrived and this might cause the mixture of water with petroleum products.
Some of the marketers alleged that whenever it rains, they often wait for three days to commence loading to allow for separation of water from petroleum products.
“We are often confronted with issues of water mixing with petroleum products at most of the NNPC tank farms during raining season which affects us grossly.
“Most of us have decided to shun loading at the NNPC depots, while we have resorted to loading in Apapa due to the challenges we are confronted with,” one of them said.
They alleged that during the raining season, only about 50 out of 100 trucks would load daily from Mosinmi depot.
The marketers said that the tank farms are due for rehabilitation as some of them were built in 1979.
“We urged PPMC to wake up and live up to its responsibilities,” one of them said.
They also urged government to build more tank farms to give relief to the existing ones.
Haruna Momoh, the Managing Director of PPMC, however, debunked the allegation.
Mr. Momoh said through a text message, that repair works have been carried out at the farms, adding that those raising the alarm are mischief makers who want to raise issues out of nothing.