Disturbed by the poor safety compliance of private fuel depot operators, the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has announced a new safety requirement to prevent fires at the facilities.
Known as Minimum Industry Safety Training for Downstream, the regulator made the announcement during a tour of private depots in Delta State by the Deputy Director & Head, Downstream Monitoring & Regulations, Mrs. Ijeoma Onyeri.
According to her, henceforth compliance with the new safety directive will be a prerequisite for the yearly renewal of operating licences by the operators, warning that DPR will not treat the issue lightly.
Onyeri said: “One of my mandates for this visit is safety. One of my duties as deputy controller is to visit some of the depots across the nation. I started with Calabar and I saw for myself the state of the facilities there.
“I also toured some of them in Port Harcourt. Now I am in Warri. DPR takes seriously the safety of facilities as well as that of the personnel who work there. They need to work and go back home safely.
“We want to make sure that your personnel who work in these facilities are trained and retrained.
“We have new safety requirements for the training of staff for tank farm facilities. It is known as Minimum Industry Safety Training for Downstream. We are taking it so seriously because it is going to be a prerequisite to renew your annual licences. This is a new programme which DPR will communicate to you shortly.”
She continued: “Every depot must have safety kits. If you don’t have it, your next licence review won’t be possible. It is a mandatory requirement. The DPR will check this anytime they visit.”
Onyeri noted that the agency was working round the clock to contain the yearly fuel scarcity across the federation.