DPR Seals 10 Gas Plants, 40 Retail Outlets In Delta
The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Warri Zonal Office on Tuesday said it has sealed 10 gas plants and 40 gas retail shops over various offences in Delta.
Engr. Victor Ohwodiasa, the Manager, Gas division, Warri led a surveillance team of the regulatory agency on the routine exercise on behalf of the Operations Controller, DPR, Warri, Mr Antai Asuquo.
While addressing newsmen in Warri on Tuesday, Asuquo said the gas plants and shops were sealed between Jan 7 and Jan 31 in Asaba, Agbor and its environs.
He said that eight of the gas plants were shut down for operating illegally while the other two plants were sealed for inadequate safety facilities.
He said the gas shops were closed over offences bordering on operating without valid licenses, operating in an unsafe environment and decamping from bigger cylinder to smaller cylinders.
Asuquo said that beyond sanctioning, the regulatory agency also used the opportunity to sensitise the public on things they needed to know about gas.
“DPR will continue to monitor gas plants and gas retail outlets with a view to ensuring that they operate at best and safest manner as possible, we want to ensure that the environment they cite their gas plants are conducive.
“The Federal Government says gas utilisation, penetration and commercialisation should be encouraged and it is trying to drive the policy.
“In driving the policy, DPR being the regulator must ensure that whatever is being done in that respect is done in a safest and applying international best practices.