By Gladys Nweke
The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has shut down a filling station for dispensing adulterated products and seven unlicensed Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) refilling plants in Rivers State.
Zonal Controller, DPR, Port Harcourt Zonal Office, Bassey Nkanga, confirmed the development at the end of a two-day stakeholders’ meeting in Port-Hacourt with petrol and gas station owners including other operators in the downstream sector.
Nkanga vowed that the department would not compromise safety standards and the quality of petroleum products sold to members of the public.
He explained that the filling station located in Aluu, Ikwerre Local Government Area of the State was closed following a tip-off from a customer, whose car developed a fault after buying petrol from the facility.
He said, There is a station now in Aluu that is shut down because one of the products they are selling does not meet our specifications and a good Nigerian called us because his vehicle had a problem.
We rushed to shut down the station and we have concluded our investigations and working to see how we can make sure that that particular specification is corrected. If possible the station will go back to business if not it will remain shut, he stated.
He said the seven illegal gas refilling facilities were shut down during an operation by DPR officials to avert loss of lives and property from fire or explosions.
He said, Another team is out checking the validity of the license of LPG refilling plant and also checking to ensure that this safety requirement we are preaching are met. So that team is already out as at last week since we started we’ have shut down about seven LPG plant operating without a valid license.
He further said that the DPR organised the stakeholders’ meeting with the petrol and gas station owners to teach them some safety measures to forestall fire outbreak and other disasters during the yuletide.
Knowing the period we are entering and it is full of activities and we needed to at least sensitize and prepare our stakeholders especially the operators of the downstream sub-sector in both petroleum product and gas and to ensure that they keep their houses in order in terms of making sure that safety requirements are met in their operations.
As you can see during the presentation we have let them know certain things they must know, do and put in place to ensure that no incidence happens in our area especially during this time and beyond, the zonal controller said.