The Nigeria Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) has lamented the dilapidated state of the petroleum products storage facilities at Apapa, Lagos, calling for their urgent upgrading to meet industry standards.
NMDPRA Managing Director, Mr. Farouk Ahmed expressed concern yesterday during an inspection tour of some petroleum product storage facilities operated by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC) and petroleum distributors under aegis of the Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria. (MOMAN).
Ahmed said most of the facilities had not been upgraded in the past 25 years, adding that a lot of rehabilitation works needed to be done to upgrade them.
He argued that such rehabilitation and upgrading would help improve the safety and proper distribution of petroleum products across the country.
“There have been many complaints about the facilities being dilapidated and in need of upgrading for efficient delivery of petroleum products.
“There is a lot of work to be done to modernize these facilities. We toured some merchant facilities and found that most of them had not been modernized for 20 to 25 years,” said- he declared.
Accompanied by the Group Executive Director, Downstream of NNPC, Mr. Adeyemi Adetunji, and some members of MOMAN, the boss of NMDPRA inspected the storage facilities of Ardova Plc, TotalEnergies Plc, and that of OVH Energy Marketing Company.
Describing Lagos as one of the key areas through which Nigeria receives imports of petroleum products, Ahmed noted that Apapa was also one of the main facilities for unloading ships and trucking petroleum products to other places. parts of the country.
He said the visit was in line with the agency’s watchdog responsibility to see the reality on the ground, pointing out that some traders were already upgrading their facilities.
According to him, “there are a lot of expansion projects going on in terms of storage facilities for petroleum products and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), as well as trucking facilities.
“So it’s very good to see the upgrade in those areas, but generally speaking the pier needs a lot of work to meet the new safety requirements.”
Ahmed, however, assured that the authority would hold quarterly meetings with marketers to review areas of concern that needed improvement.
In his remarks, the Executive Secretary of MOMAN, Mr. Clement Isong, thanked Ahmed and his team for visiting the facilities to gather first-hand information on the challenges faced by traders.
“This is the kind of regulator we were looking for. One who supports us, supports our business, works with us, feels our pain and does what they can to help us,” Isong said.