The Nigerian Midstream and downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) has organize an inspection at the Oil and Gas facilities in Lagos.
The inspection according to the Authority is to ensure adequate supply of products throughout the yuletide period.
In continuation of the Authority’s inspection of Oil facilities in Lagos coastal areas, Our Executive Director, Distribution Systems, Storage, and Retailing Infrastructure (DSSRI), Mr Ogbugo Ukoha, visited the Apapa Single Point Marine where he witnessed the discharge of a berthed vessel.
He proceeded to the Apapa Jetty at which he frowned at the menace being constituted by some elements at the jetties.
He also inspected the 11,000 metric tons capacity Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) facility in Nipco Oil and Gas Apapa.
Ukoha proceeded to the Conoil depot where he expressed his displeasure with the Operators of the facility over the flooding of major parts of the depot.
The Operators, however explained that they were in the process of redesigning the facility as major parts have sunk below water level.
The ED and his team proceeded to the multi-billion Naira Ardova PLC storage facility which had reached an advanced stage.
The General Manager of the facility, Engr. Moshood Olajide, who took the team round the facility explained that the depot, tagged “Project Brent” has a PMS capacity of 50 million Litres and 20 metric tons of LPO.
Mr Ukoha expressed delight at the quality and speed of work being done at the site. He recalled visiting the site one year ago for the first time when the project was still in the foundation stages and now astonished at the pace and quality of work carried out at the facility.
The project was initiated two years ago and is billed for completion this December, according to the Project Manager, Engr. Ibrahim Mangoma.
The ED’s train moved to the OVH (now NNPC Retails LTD) headquarters in Apapa, where he was taken through the Automation of their trucking system. A representative of the company explained that out of about 3,000 trucks under the NNPC Retails fleet, 1,000 were selected for the pilot project.
He stated that the automation system has real time check on the location, speed, braking and hours of driving of each truck. He further explained that trucks are sealed and coded to avoid tampering with products.
The ED’s last point of call for the day was at the Kiri-kiri area of Apapa. Received at Techno Oil, Ukoha was taken to the location of a private security company stationed to disrupt any form of business activities at the facilities in that location.
It will be recalled that there had been a legal battle between the Depot facility owners in Kiri-kiri and the landlords, the Cardoso family over unresolved differences which had stagnated operations in all (7) depots including Techno, Wosbab, Chiscopet and others for months.
Mr Ukoha reiterated that the Authority will use its powers of mediation to ensure peace and security of Oil and Gas operations in the region for guaranteed energy security in the country.