STOAN kicks against new tank farm in Apapa

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - MARITIME -

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.

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