SON in­ten­si­fies checks for sub­stan­dard LPG prod­ucts with new equip­ment

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - INDUSTRY -

THE Stan­dards Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Nige­ria (SON), through an Ad-hoc com­mit­tee made up of its top of­fi­cials and other ex­perts in the Oil and Gas sec­tor, has in­ten­si­fied its sani­ti­sa­tion oper­a­tions in the na­tion’s Liq­ue­fied Pe­tro­leum Gas (LPG) in­dus­try.

In­au­gu­rat­ing the com­mit­tee in La­gos, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, SON, Osita An­thony Aboloma, said the ob­jec­tive was to ad­dress the chal­lenges and dan­gers of sub-stan­dard pe­tro­leum prod­ucts in the na­tion’s econ­omy.

In a re­lated de­vel­op­ment, SON has taken de­liv­ery of mod­ern test­ing equip­ment to tackle the in­ci­dence of gas ex­plo­sions in the na­tion’s oil and gas In­dus­try.

Ac­cord­ing to the agency, it has been con­cerned about the in­ces­sant ex­plo­sion, de­struc­tion of lives and prop­erty caused by sub­stan­dard LPG prod­ucts hence its de­ci­sive step to ac­quire three state-of-the-art pres­sure test­ing equip­ment in a bid to re­duc­ing the men­ace to the barest min­i­mum.

In­deed, the agency stated that the three lat­est equip­ments lo­cated in Abuja, Enugu and La­gos would help to test the strength of ma­te­ri­als and ca­pac­i­ties of LPG ves­sels, cylin­ders and al­lied prod- ucts across the coun­try.

Aboloma, stated that SON has in vested hea vily in hu­man and cap­i­tal re­sources to en­sure the proper and ef­fec­tive use of the equip­ment.

In his words, “To re­duce this to the barest min­i­mum, we have to call dif­fer­ent stake­hold­ers and let them know what is ex­pected of them. We have in­vested heav­ily in terms of hu­man and cap­i­tal re­sources in train­ing and ac­quir­ing state-of-theart LPG test­ing equip­ment. We have sent our en­gi­neers out­side the coun­try to learn what it takes to ad­dress the chal­lenges of sub­stan­dard LPG in a mod­ern econ­omy. I think with a mat­ter of time th­ese ex­plo­sions will be a thing of the past.”

Ac­cord­ing to him, the lives of Nige­ri­ans can­not be val­ued, adding that the com­mit­tee would en­sure that the lives of Nige­ri­ans wasted as a re­sult of poor han­dling and sub­stan­dard LPG prod­ucts are pro­tected while also get­ting value for hard-earned money spent ac­quir­ing th­ese prod­ucts. He said the agency has also re­duced the cost of test­ing and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of LPG plants and out­lets by 50 per cent.

This he said, was to cush­ion the ef­fect of the harsh fi­nan­cial en­vi­ron­ment cur­rently be­ing faced by op­er­a­tors in the in­dus­try.

Se­nior Man­ager, Guar­an­tees& spe­cialised Fi­nance, Afrex­im­bank, Kofi Asumadu Ado (left); Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent, Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment & cor­po­rate Bank­ing, Amr Kamel; Prime Min­is­ter of Cape Verde, Ulisses Cor­reia e silva; Dr. Bene­dict Oramah; and Fi­nance Min­is­ter, Olavo Cor­reia, at the re­cently con­cluded Ad­vanced Struc­tured Trade Fi­nance Sem­i­nar and Work­shops or­ga­nized by the bank, in Cape Verde.

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