The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has said an investigation is ongoing to ascertain the cause of the fire that gutted the tank farm depot along Gaskiya road in the Ijora-Badia area of Lagos state.
In a statement, the DPR described the incident as an unfortunate accident, adding that it is monitoring the situation.
The Agency added that a preliminary report showed that the facility caved in and that an emergency response to control the fire was swiftly activated by the company, as well as other concerned groups.
The response was able to bring the fire under control before it caused further damage.
The tank farm was gutted on Thursday, according to the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency.
The agency, in a statement signed by its Director-General, Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, said it “activated its emergency response plan” and urged Lagosians to remain calm.
The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), has said that with the five refinery plants under construction across the country and seven others, Nigeria will be a net exporter of petroleum products in the next two years.
The Director and Chief Executive Officer of DPR, Sarki Auwalu disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday.
Mr Auwalu stated that the flow of imports will be reversed when the new refineries come on stream in the next two years.
He added that the feat would be achieved through the combined capacity of 375,000 barrels per day from 27 modular refineries, 650,000 barrels from the Dangote refinery, and the 450,000 barrels from the government refineries.
Specifically, he said the Dangote integrated refinery and petrochemical project with 650,000 barrels per day, the biggest in Africa, the Waltersmith refinery with 7,000 capacity per day, and others that were almost near completion would come on stream.
The existing five included the four plants owned by the Federal Government through the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the one owned and operated by Niger Delta Petroleum Resources.
Auwalu said that the aspiration of DPR was to grow the oil reserve to 40 billion barrels and gas to 210 trillion cubic feet.
He added that the department would also grow oil production from its current 2.4 million capacity to three million production capacity and as well reduced cost of production.
“Currently, we have oil prospective license about 61, more than 2, 000 wells that are producing crude oil and condensate, we have about 125 wells producing gas.
“We equally have 20 floating, loading, and offloading vessels. 28 oil terminals, several float stations, and oil and gas processing factories,” he said.
The director said that none of the functional oil facilities stopped work because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the country maintained production and export.
The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has promised to use its regulatory framework to continue to create opportunities and enable businesses in the oil and gas industry.
A statement by Mr Paul Osu, the Head, Public Affairs in DPR, on Sunday in Lagos said the agency’s Director, Mr. Auwalu Sarki, gave the assurance at the 45th Virtual Anniversary of the Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists (NAPE).
Sarki said that the DPR would collaborate with all players to drive growth and eliminate bottlenecks to attract investments.
He said that the topic of the anniversary lecture, ‘Long- Term Funding of Exploration and Petroleum Business in Nigeria – Strategies for Sustainability’, aligned with DPR’s commitment to make Nigeria a top investment destination.
According to him, this can be achieved through the implementation of robust regulatory initiatives and strategies to ensure maximum benefits from the country’s hydrocarbon resources for both investors and Nigerians alike.
He congratulated the association and its founding fathers for the immense contributions to the Nigerian oil and gas industry over the years.
Sarki promised that the DPR would continue to collaborate with professional associations like NAPE for the development of the oil and gas sector.
He said that the DPR was causing a paradigm shift from being a regulator to a business enabler in the oil and gas industry in Nigeria in order to achieve the aspirations of the government in the sector.
The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has clamped down on 20 illegal gas stations in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital.
The Operational Controller of DPR in the state, Idris Zangi who led the surveillance told newsmen at the end of the operation, said the agency can no longer fold its arms and watch peoples’ lives being endangered by those who want to make money at the detriment of other peoples lives.
He said that the illegal outlets sealed were to avoid fire outbreak within residential and business areas where the illegal business are operated.
Zangi, however, appealed to the state government to assist in relocating the sales of cooking gas to a safer and suitable environment in the interest of the safety of citizens.
According to him, those in the act of the illegal business have been asked to seek counsel from the agency on how best they can operate.
The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has restated its order restraining the Minister of Petroleum Resources and the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) from taking any step on revoking the Ororo Marginal Field in OML 95 pending a suit challenging its status.
Justice Muslim Hassan reiterated the order on Wednesday after being informed that the DPR was allegedly advertising a bidding process for Marginal Field(s), which may jeopardise the interest of the plaintiff, Owena Oil and Gas Ltd.
The court held that it would deal with any breach of its order directing parties to maintain the status quo in relation to the revocation.
Counsel to the plaintiff, Mr Kemi Pinheiro, had informed the judge that despite the order, the DPR published an advertorial requesting for bids for Marginal Field(s).
He, therefore, sought the court’s protection.
Counsel to the minister, Mr Babajide Ogundipe, informed the court that he had an application and he asked the court for a date for the hearing.
After listening to all the parties, Justice Hassan adjourned further hearing until June 30.
The Ororo field, discovered in 1986, is located within OML 95 in shallow waters offshore Ondo State and lies in water depths ranging between 23 feet and 27 feet.
Owena, in the suit, said the first and second defendants (the minister and DPR), “purportedly revoked the Ororo Marginal Field without recourse to the Plaintiff.”
It contended that it would suffer “irreparable damage unless the defendants are restrained.”
The company also claimed, “The purported revocation of the Ororo Marginal Field within OML 95 is unlawful, invalid, null and void and of no effect whatsoever, having been made during the pendency of the appeal over the decision of this Honourable Court Coram I.N. Buba in Suit No.FHC/L/CS/1815/14: Owena Oil and Gas Limited v. Hon Minister of Petroleum Resources & Ors.”
On May 27, the court had granted an order of interim injunction against the defendants following a motion ex-parte application filed by Owena Oil and Gas Ltd on May 19.
The order restrained the defendants from taking any steps in relation to the suit and ordered the parties to maintain the status quo in relation to the revocation pending the determination of the matter.
The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in Katsina State has threatened to sanction any filling station found selling the product above the government regulated price of N125.
The acting Controller of Operations in the state, Malam Aminu Sanusi stated this on Monday while briefing reporters shortly after a tour to four filling stations in the state capital to ensure total compliance.
According to him, the agency uses the Seraphin can to measure petrol dispensed by filling stations who might want to engage in fraudulent activities.
The Department OF Petroleum Resources (DPR) has handed over the Oil Mining Licence (OML) 98 to the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), the upstream unit of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
This is coming almost one year after Pan Ocean Oil Corporation’s ownership of the asset, along with the assets of five other companies, were revoked for failing to meet up with its financial obligations to the Federal Government.
Speaking at the handover ceremony in Abuja, the Director of the Department, Mr Sarki Auwalu Said the decision to take over the asset from Pan Ocean was in the best interest of Nigerians.
“For OML 98, the decision was taken in fairness to 200 million people that they trust a company to manage their business and they trust us to ensure that the business is right and it’s optimised.
“The record we have in DPR indicated that the reserve stood at 43 million barrels for oil and we have 20 million barrels for condensate and 393 billion standard cubic feet of gas. We know that before the revocation that there is a legacy debt of oil and gas royalties, concession rentals, gas flaring penalty. This we expect to be settled by the previous venture because it’s a legacy debt.
“And that is our work getting this for the 200 million people,” he stated.
He expressed hope that every other issue involving the revocation will be solved amicably among the joint venture parties to ensure that the asset works.
The Federal Government has given marketers of cooking gas to clear out illegal and roadside dealers within two months or face a clampdown on activities of retail outlets in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
The ultimatum was given by the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) at a forum where an agreement was reached with the Liquefied Petroleum Gas unit of the Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas (NUPENG) on Friday.
According to the DPR’s zonal operations controller, Buba Abubakar, the union is aware of the inherent dangers of not registering and the DPR is ready to look at their grievances objectively.
He added that the retailers will not be given preference when it comes to giving suitable locations for their business around the FCT.
“We are going to give gas retailers two months to talk to their members on the dangers of not registering or just setting up their cylinders and start selling.
“They have agreed to talk to their members, they will register and we will look at it objectively because of the location; we cannot give them site suitability anywhere,” he stressed.
Meanwhile, NUPENG’s Principal Organizing Secretary, Alexander Stephen, stated that most of its members are registered with a valid identity card, but they hope to report those operating illegally to the DPR for sanctions.
“We have identity cards, we have means of identifying our members and our agreement is to report those who are not our members to DPR who will eventually get most of them off the streets.”
Governor of Kaduna state, Nasir El-Rufai, has ordered the closure of all illegal gas retail outlets located in residential areas across the state with immediate effect.
The directive comes two days after an explosion occurred at an illegal gas retail shop in Sabon Tasha area of Chikun local government.
The incident resulted in the death of six people including the Director-General of the Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission, Professor Simon Mallam.
Speaking to reporters after an on the spot assessment at the scene of the explosion on Monday, Governor El-Rufai appealed to residents to report such gas outlets to the government for immediate action.
While he described the incident as very unfortunate and avoidable, the governor emphasized that all gas refill stations should relocate to industrial layouts rather than being allowed to operate within residential areas thereby exposing the residents to imminent dangers.
He also announced that the state government will, through the state Urban Development Authority map out specific areas where the gas plant operators will be relocated to with all the necessary safety measures in place.
The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has sealed 10 petrol stations and four Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) plants in Kaduna State for various offences.
DPR’s Zonal Operations Controller in the state, Isa Tafida, told reporters on Tuesday during a monitoring exercise that the facilities were sealed for pump under-delivery, products diversion, operating without licence and noncompliance to safety regulations.
Other offences he listed include non-conformity to standard operations, construction and operation without DPR licence, and installation of facilities without approval.
Tafida revealed that the agency inspected no fewer than 768 petrol stations and 38 gas stations within the last quarter of 2019.
He explained that the aim was to ensure compliance and to also make sure residents were not short-changed by unscrupulous marketers, especially during festive period.
The zonal operations controller who led other officials on the inspection tour said the DPR has intensified its operations within the state, in furtherance of its constitutional responsibilities.
He added that 38 LPG plants and 50 retailers were licensed in an effort to discourage desert encroachment and felling of trees, as well as reducing the associated risk of decanting LPG by unlicensed retailers.
Tafida insisted that the operation of illegal gas plants without licence and under unsafe condition was illegal and would not be allowed.
No fewer than five petroleum stations and nine pumps have been sealed and penalised by the Department of Petroleum Resources in Enugu State for upscaling their pumps beyond the negligible range of 0.2.
The clampdown was during a routine surveillance exercise by the agency within the Enugu metropolis to identify stations that hoard products and adjust their pump to shortchange the public.
According to the DPR, at every litre purchase in the sealed stations, customers lose close to 1 litre of paid product to the marketers.
They, therefore, called on citizens to report any suspicious act of cheating, reiterated that the era of products hoarding to create artificial scarcity and other forms of cheating the public will no longer be tolerated.