The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Warri Zonal Office, says it has sanctioned two petrol stations and two gas plants in Delta over alleged sharp practices.
The affected stations are: Akpos Petroleum Limited, G-Palash Nigeria Limited and Onejire Gas Plant all located in Ughelli as well as Somil Energy and Gas Ltd.
Mrs Gladys Idahosa, DPR Assistant Director, Operations, led a team of the regulatory agency on the routine surveillance on behalf of the Warri zonal Operations Controller, Mr Antai Asuquo.
Idahosa, briefing newsmen shortly after the exercise, said the stations were sealed over offences bordering on under-dispensing, operating without valid licences, expired fire extinguishers and uninstalled gas leakage detectors.
She said that the agency would continue to intensify awareness through routine
surveillance to curb anomalies in the downstream sector.
“In some of the gas plants we visited, we observed that some do not install gas leakage detectors, nor do they recharged their fire extinguishers.
“However, some are up to date; they operate in a friendly environment while only one gas plant sealed was for safety reasons.
“A lot of the gas plants and filling stations are complying with the DPR rules that is why we could only sealed very few ones,” she said.
Idahosa said that the team’s visit to retail outlets regularly was to take measurements of quantity of fuel being dispensed.
According to her, anyone that goes above the accepted “deviation range” were sanctioned.
“We call the marketer to get a technician to fix it and we go and verify that the machine is dispensing accurately before we unsealed such station,” she said.
The assistant director operations urged the consumers to always notify DPR whenever they noticed a shortfall in the petrol they bought from the filling stations.
She also appealed to the marketers to cooperate with the regulatory agency and abide by its rules and regulations.
“We are not witch-hunters; the marketers should cooperate with us by complying with our rules so that we can work as a team.
“Our intention is to ensure that they work safely and in a safe environment,” he said.
The Nigeria News Agency recalled that the regulatory agency had in July sealed 11 petrol stations and two gas plants in two separate operations.
However, a manager at Akpos Petroleum Limited, who pleaded anonymity, promised to call a technician to rectify the problem as soon as possible.
The manager said that the station’s pump measured 10.92, while another measured 10.72 as against the maximum measurement of 10.30.
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DPR warns IPMAN against exploitation
Daboh said the department would continue to monitor all filling stations in the state to ensure that they dispense accurately.
The controller said any marketer caught under-dispensing product would have their filling stations sealed, and pay N100, 000 as fine on each pump discovered to be under-dispensing product.
He described as disheartening the way some independent marketers engage in sharp practices, adding that the DPR would not relent in its surveillance operations in the state.
Daboh, however, assured them of necessary support to succeed and advised them to always abide by all precautionary regulations.
Also speaking, Mr Femi Ogunmuyiwa, DPR Head’s of Operations, appealed to the marketers to always train their attendants on safety practices.
Ogunmuyiwa noted that some of the attendants lack requisite knowledge on safety procedure involved in the sales of oil and gas.
Mati said support of the DPR was necessary for their business to thrive.
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DPR generates N742.4bn revenue in 8 months
The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) says it generated a total sum of N742,471,639,376. 96 billion for the Federal Government from January to August 2020.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the committee, chaired by Mr Musa Adar, visited the regulatory agency as part of its oversight duties.
He said, “DPR is a revenue collection agency for revenues accrueable to government from oil and gas industry operations.
” DPR operates a cashless revenue system which enables all revenue remittances to be paid directly to the federation account in total compliance with the Treasury Single Account (TSA) policy of government.
“The agency conducts comprehensive quarterly and annual reconciliations of revenue payments to ensure accurate and timely remittances to the federation account.
“It also collects oil and gas royalties which represents proportional value of oil and gas production and sales from oilfields, gas flare penalties imposed for gas flaring,” he said.
According to him, DPR collects concession rentals paid for grant of oil and gas acreages by exploration and production companies and miscellaneous oil revenue.
He said that these consisted of statutory application fees, licence and permit fees and penalties.
Auwalu said that the challenges posed by COVID-19 and oil price crash had made it compelling for a new thinking and approach for strategic repositioning and business optimisation in the industry.
The DPR boss said the agency had, therefore, adopted several approaches and streamlined its processes to deepen its influencing role as an opportunity house and business enabler for the Industry.
He said the approaches include cost control and management, strategic partnership, vertical integration and diversification and portfolio rationalisation and operational resilience.
On his part, Adar told newsmen that the National Assembly would expedite action on the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) in order to reposition the industry.
“We want to assure Nigerians that once we receive the PIB, we will ensure its quick passage.
” There is a good relationship between the executive and lawmakers and there will be a bipartisan approach toward the bill because we must put Nigeria first as patriotic citizens,” he said.
He said the visit to the regulatory agency had enlightened the lawmakers on the need to enact legislation that would ensure maximisation of Nigeria’s oil and gas resources.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Oluwole Sogunle
Autogas : DPR boss says only rich will use petrol cars by 2022
Mr Sarki Auwalu, Director, Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), says the Federal Government is committed to ensuring that majority of vehicles in Nigeria are fueled by autogas in the next few years.
Auwalu made the assertion on Wednesday, during the oversight visit of the House of Representatives Committee on Petroleum Resources (Upstream) to the DPR headquarters in Lagos.
He said with the current move being championed by the Federal Government to convert vehicles to be able to use Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), only rich individuals would be using petrol for their cars in two years time.
The DPR director said that gas was a cheaper and cleaner alternative to Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), also known as petrol, stressing that deepening gas utilisation would mitigate the impact of the recent deregulation of the PMS sector.
“In the next two years, PMS will be for people who have money. We believe that this will reduce the cost of transportation, which will positively affect other sectors of the economy, “the DPR boss said.
Auwalu said that engagements with stakeholders had already started on the conversion and colocation of autogas at existing petrol stations across the country.
He said that with a proven gas reserve of 203TCF, Nigeria was a major gas country, but unfortunately, gas utilisation was only about 5.5 per cent, which was still very low despite the progress made in the last 10 years.
The DPR helmsman said that apart from autogas, government was also committed to utilisation of gas for industries, power, agriculture and cooking, and it had demonstrated this commitment through various initiatives and policies.
“President Muhammadu Buhari declared the year 2020 as the Year of Gas, and programmes are being implemented towards achieving this, such as the Nigeria Gas Flare Commercialisation Programme (NGFCP) and flag-off of the National Gas Transportation Network Code (NGTNC).
“It also includes the ongoing Marginal Field Bid Round, flag-off of the construction of the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) gas pipeline and Committee on Gas Sector-Wide Review of the Domestic Gas Pricing Framework,” Auwalu said.
He said that with the deregulation of PMS, more investors were showing interest in establishing modular refineries in addition to the seven refineries already at various levels of completion.
Auwalu said: “By 2022, Nigeria will become a net exporter of petroleum products because all these refineries under construction will come on-stream.
“We are looking at about 750, 000BPD and that is excluding the four refineries owned by the government.”
He noted that the 10 per cent contribution of the petroleum sector to Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was unacceptable, as it had the potential of contributing more.
In his remarks, the Chairman of the Committee, Mr Musa Adar, said that the purpose of the visit was to familiarise the lawmakers with the activities of the DPR and its impact on the nation’s economy.
Adar said that the DPR needed to be strengthened to effectively discharge its regulatory duties and called for more cooperation between the committee and the agency.
Edited By: Oluyinka Fadare/Oluwole Sogunle
DPR warns marketers against exploitation
The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has warned marketers operating in Zamfara not to use petrol subsidy removal as an excuse to exploit customers at the filling stations.
The Operations Controller in charge of Gusau DPR Field Office, Alhaji Yusuf Shehu, who gave the advice on Wednesday at a news conference in Gusau, said that the department would not allow customers to be cheated.
Shehu said although there was increase in the price of petrol at both depots and retail outlets as a result of removal of fuel subsidy, marketers should not engage in sharp practices to exploit buyers.
“Marketers should desist from selling lower quantity than what they display in the pump. They must make sure that one litre is up to one litre before selling to customers.
“Any marketer found selling less than a litre, the department will deal with him”, the controller said.
He appealed to owners of filling stations to make sure that their pumps were working efficiently.
“We are to ensure that there is equity between the marketers and buyers, we are also to make sure that the quality and quantity of the petroleum product is guaranteed”, Shehu said.
He also appealed to marketers to always get their products from licensed depots in order to be sure of the quality.
“Members of the public should always report to the department in case of any irregularity.
”In case you buy products and you doubt the quality or standard, you should report to the department”, Shehu said.
Edited By: Deji Abdulwahab/Oluwole Sogunle