The DPR said it has safety concerns.
The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) said on Friday that it would commence a facility license audit of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) marketers in the country next month.
The development came as the regulatory body threatened to impose sanctions on unlicensed marketers of cooking gas and those who failed to comply with its provisions on operational safety.
The agency’s Head, Gas, Oliver Okparaojiako, said this in Lagos at the 2013 Annual LPG Stakeholders’ Forum organised by the DPR.
He said the audit of the licenses was necessary in order to ensure compliance with statutory provisions on operational safety.
Mr. Okaraojiako said many marketers store and sell cooking without valid licenses, in outright violation of the Provisions of the law, adding that, henceforth, all retail outlets for LPG must be licensed. He urged all LPG plant operators to ensure that their reselling points have valid licenses and said that DPR’s inspectors had been directed to ensure compliance.
“Plant operators must be conversant with all safety needs of LPG plant operations,” he said.
Gbenga Koku, Operations Controller (Lagos Zonal Office), DPR, who also spoke at the meeting, said that there was a significant increase in the number of applicants for Approval to Construct, ATC, by prospective plant owners.
He said existing fillings station owners had been applying to install LPG skid or auto gas within their existing petroleum service stations.
This, he said, was a manifestation of positive developments indicating the use of LPG as the preferred energy.
He warned cooking gas plant owners who continued to sell products to unlicensed distributors and bulk end users to desist, saying that, henceforth, violators would be severely sanctioned.
“Some operators have not been renewing their operating license. DPR staff will start constant visits to plants to enforce compliance.
“In as much as we encourage the proliferation of LPG plants, prospective plant owners must follow due process to obtain all requisite approvals before the commencement of any construction or installation.
“Also, approval should be granted before the commencement of any upgrade or modification of plants.
“The Department will embark on an operational facility audit of licensed plants starting from next month, to ensure strict compliance to statutory guidelines and standards,’’ he added.
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