Oil & Gas

Tank farms: We will not compromise on safety – DPR

Published

on

The Department of Petroleum Resource (DPR) says it will not allow its safety strategy to be compromised by operating tank farms in the country.

Mr Bassey Nkanga, the Zonal Operations Controller, Port Harcourt zone, made this known on Tuesday in Port Harcourt.

Nkanga is currently undertaking a tour of tank farms initiated by the ad hoc committee on relocation of tank farms from residential areas.

He said he would continue to make progressive improvement on its operational guidelines.

DPR will continue to improve; we talk safety and safety is our watchword, the oil and gas industry knows that our vision on safety cannot be compromised.

“But in the event of lapses, we allow room for correction until required compliance level is met in terms of minimal safety requirements,” he said.

The DPR boss also revealed that none of the tank farm operators within his jurisdiction was completely adamant to the safety regulations of the establishment.

“So far, what we saw today is quite commendable, the few lapses detected could be improved upon and I believe that affected companies will also make necessary improvements soon,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mr Sergius Age, the Chairman of the adhoc committee said that there was need for collaboration amongst relevant agencies.

“When we started this task some months back, the various agencies were actually at each other’s throats but today, there is a better cooperation amongst them.

”I believe that by the time we shall be presenting our reports, they will all be working in synergy.

“Our emphasis has always been on safety compliance, we look forward to having a breakdown on collaboration amongst relevant agencies such as the Federal Fire Service, the Nigeria Ports Authority, Federal Ministry of Environment, NIMASA and others.

“We are determined to also ensure that operating tank farms conform to operational guidelines of the DPR.

“From our findings today, one of the facilities we inspected, we saw about 24 storage tanks sited at close range, we observed issues with their offset that is too close.

“This simply means that all storage tanks are exposed to possible danger, if there is an incident of fire outbreak.

“And for others, the water sprinklers were not optimally functional and the hydrants were not also as forceful as we expected.

“Accidents do not just happen, it is caused, so for a peculiar facility like this, operators should be fully ready for optimal rescue in events of accidents.

“Some of these accidents can even occur after official hours, so there should be mechanisms to effectively manage such situation,” he added.

Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu/ Grace Yussuf
Source: NAN

 

 

Lagos govt urges people to disregard ethnic, religious jingoists SSANU postpones National Delegates Conference Hoodlums invade Sen. Folarin’s residence, cart away items worth N200million FCT palliative items are safe, secured – Minister Lagos Govt says website not hacked Buhari salutes Kessington at 85, says he has provided opportunities for many #EndSars: NGO cleans up debris from aftermath protest in Surulere Police, vigilantes thwart bandits’ attack in Niger Flood: Gastroenteritis hit 328 in Kebbi NSCDC records 512 civil, criminal cases in Kano State #EndSARS: FOMWAN appeals to protesters to sheath their sword Hoodlums attack Customs command, injure officers #ENDSARS: NASFAT sets up N10 million relief fund for victims Ekiti State raises alarm of looting of poisonous food items #EndSARS: Hoodlums vandalise NLC, INEC, SEMA, others in Calabar DPR seeks collaboration with NUPENG, PENGASSAN on COVID-19 management in industry #EndSARS: MURIC sympathises with media houses Chieftain urges president to intervene in Bauchi APC crisis World Polio Day: Pediatrician urges regular vaccination to maintain zero status #EndSARS: Minister urges youths to embrace peace to foster development Youths Nigeria’s greatest asset – Plateau CP Re-issued—COVID-19: NCDC records 77 new infections in Nigeria Protesters set Zik’s statue ablaze in Anambra Police nab 13 over alleged armed robbery, possession of unlawful firearm in Niger  Gov. Matawalle says 31 illegal miners deported from Zamfara #ENDSARS: Group laments effects of protests on Nigeria’s SDG achievement COVID-19: NCDC records 77 new infections #EndSARS: Water resources minister meets stakeholders in Jigawa Club chairman says Self-Measured Blood Pressure monitoring now very necessary in football   Para-soccer coaches urge NGOs to invest in league to raise game’s standard Sassuolo pull late comeback to deny Torino first win in Serie A Bamford scores hat-trick as Leeds United end Aston Villa’s winning start India seeks closer ties with Nigeria as trade volume reaches $14 bn  #EndSARS: Akeredolu lifts curfew as peace returns to Akure Water Resources Bill, derived from 4 existing Nigerian laws — Minister EndSARS: Lawmaker earmarks N10m relief for victims Hoodlums loot relief materials in llorin Okei-Odumakin urges govt. to address citizens’ grievances Arik Air resumes flight operations Oct. 24 Protests: Yoruba forum tasks community security groups, leaders to restore peace Hoodlums loot C’ River COVID-19 palliative warehouse Why we didn’t distributes looted COVID-19 palliatives, Osun food committee #EndSARS :Young moms  appeal to youths to shun violence, embrace dialogue #EndSARS: OPC cautions arsonists in South-West states #EndSARS: Muslim forum condemns attack on public, private establishments EndSARS: PDP suspends political, electioneering activities #EndSARS protests: NANTS orders traders to adopt security measures, shut markets if necessary Lagos govt relaxes curfew from Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Rivers Assembly confirms commissioners ahead of LGA election Disaster Risk Reduction Day: FG to sustain sensitisation against fire disaster -Minister