After gas explosion in PH, DPR threatens marketers over safety guidelines

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Gas plant exploded in Ph at the weekend. Now, the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Benin field office, has sparked at those violating safety standards.

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threatened to impose sanctions on petroleum products and gas marketers in Edo and Delta States that fail to improve risk management practice in filling stations and gas plants.

Ebi Ogiowo, the DPR Benin operation controller gave the warning during the 2020 annual general meeting in Benin City.

Delivering a lecture titled, “Ensuring safe operations in the downstream sector of petroleum industry in the global current challenge,” Ogiowo said imbibing safety culture would help to minimise hazards  within business premises.

“If the safety guidelines are not adhered to by stakeholders, DPR will have no option than to begin to impose sanction on operator in the industry,” Ogiowo said.

He listed some of the major causes of accident in the industry to include discharging petroleum products without safety precaution device, operating without adequate fire fighting tools, working on already weak platforms and exposed pipes.

Earlier, Sarki Auwalu, the DPR Director noted that all accidents occuring in petroleum and gas companies would have been averted if stakeholders comply with safety procedures.

Auwalu, who represented by Ayokanmi Ayodeji, the DPR zonal controller Warri, expressed concern over the way some organisations in the industry disregard DPR guidelines of ensuring safety in business premises.

He urged the stakeholders to ensure safe operation through adequate provision of safety facilities, adding that  many lives and investments have been lost to accidents.

“Operators must develop safety culture embedded at all level of its work force and must be held above other consideration and compliance with rules and regulation which will promote safe operation,” he said.

In his remarks, Anthony Akiotu, the Chairman Major Marketers in Edo State commended DPR for the meeting and called for the implementation of the resolution reached.

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