The Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) continues its steadfast efforts in ensuring the safe and legal operation of oil and gas stations across the nation. Recently, the agency's surveillance officers took action in Taraba and Imo State, sealing off illegal oil and gas stations that were found to be operating outside regulatory compliance.
In Jalingo, the Taraba State capital, NMDPRA's surveillance officers sealed Saismo General Merchants Limited for engaging in the unauthorized sale of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). A video shared by the agency showcased an uncompleted building housing the illicit gas station, emphasizing the severity of the violation. The closure serves as a clear message that operating outside legal frameworks will not be tolerated.
Similarly, Udeking Oil & Gas Nigeria Limited, situated along the Owerri/Aba Road in Naze, Imo State, faced closure for operating without a valid license. This action follows the earlier sealing of Oxkings Petroleum Limited along Owerri-Port Harcourt Road, Avu in Imo State due to under-dispensing of PMS (Petrol) by 470mls on every litre, as reported by the NMDPRA.
The NMDPRA, formed through the merger of three defunct regulatory agencies—Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency, Petroleum Equalisation Fund (Management) Board, and the Midstream and Downstream Divisions of the Department of Petroleum Resources—holds the responsibility of regulating midstream and downstream petroleum operations in Nigeria. This encompassing role covers technical, operational, and commercial aspects, ensuring the industry's adherence to stringent safety and operational standards.
Beyond these recent actions, the agency's vigilance extends nationwide. Reports emerged of the NMDPRA's intervention in the Warri metropolis, Delta State, where an illegal cooking gas outlet was found operating within a residential building. The swift response resulted in the apprehension of the operator who had tampered with the agency's seal, emphasizing the zero-tolerance stance on illegal operations.
LPG in Nigeria notes that the NMDPRA's proactive measures not only ensure compliance with regulations but also underscore its commitment to safeguarding lives, property, and the environment. By upholding strict standards and taking decisive action against illegal operations, the agency plays a crucial role in maintaining the integrity of the oil and gas sector, ultimately fostering a safer and more transparent operating environment for all stakeholders.
Source: Punch News.