STOAN kicks against new tank farm in Apapa
THE Seaport Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria (STOAN), has decried the planned construction of a new tank farm on Creek Road, Apapa, Lagos.
The Chairman, STOAN, Princess Vicky Haastrup, in a statement, expressed displeasure over the development, describing the project as a phenomenon that would worsen the current unbearable situation in the ports area.
A recent report, had indicat- ed that the tank farm, which is under construction, has the capacity for up to 50 million litres of petroleum products, and would attract about 800 additional trucks per day into the already congested Apapa area.
Haastrup said: “It is unheard of that anyone will conceive the idea of setting up a tank farm in Apapa at this time. Government should review this approval so that the problem facing the port community and residents of Apapa is not compounded.”
She said in addition to the bad roads and the absence of truck parks; the preponderance of tank farms and oil depots has largely contributed to “the menacing gridlock in Apapa”.
According to her, “There is an over-concentration of oil tank farms in Apapa, which is an area predominantly designed for port operations. There is now a situation where we have proliferation of oil tank farms without regards for the safety and logistics implicat i o n .
“Government needs to consider relocating even the existing tank farms out of Apapa and discontinue approval for new ones. “Tank farms should normally be located several miles away from the city and from the port area for safety reasons,” she said.
Haastrup called more efficient traffic management system in Apapa to enhance the movement of vehicles.