The Department of Petroleum Resources has released new guidelines, procedures and requirements before approval licences will be granted for construction and take-off of Low Pressure Gas(LPG) facilities around the country.
The revised rules have become necessary following a gas explosion which claimed about 6 lives and destroyed properties in Lagos last week.
The statement made available by, Sarki Auwalu, DPR director, shows that the guidelines will enhance operational safety.
“Companies intending to establish these facilities must satisfy all necessary requirements stipulated by DPR and obtain site suitability approval, approval to construct (ATC)/approval to install, and licence to operate.
Necessary amenities and equipment’s like functional automated/manual leak tester, functional fire alarm system, and mounted gas detectors, adequate fire water storage and sprinklers, perimeter fence with fire wall amongst others must be provided in the facilities.”
According to the DPR, the explosion in Lagos was caused by reckless of the company, which was operating illegally without a license.
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