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NIPCO bags best HSE-compliant terminal award


AN indigenous oil-marketing firm, Nigeria Independent Petroleum Company (NIPCO) Plc, has won the best safety compliant terminal award for the fourth consecutive year at the preeminent Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) honours’ event for tank farms and jetty operators in the nation’s coastline in 2014.

   The Safety Chief, NIPCO Plc, Vitalis Ofoegbu, who received the award on behalf of the company, said the fact that the company has retained the awards in the last four years that he assumed the headship of the company is not by accident but for the painstaking nature the issue of safety is being handled in the organization.

  However, the Chairman, NPA HSE Committee,  Emmanuel Abazie, said the HSE recognition provides veritable avenue for the authority to showcase role models in the oil and maritime industry that have been operating within the context of international best practices in their different fields of endeavour.

    He listed the notable achievements of the company to include: No fire incident nor fatalities records in 2014, participation in fighting fire incident at Apapa Bulk Terminal premises and consistent high score in HSE audit during the year.

   In the area of HSE facility upgrade, Abazie said NIPCO purchased additional foam fire tender with 5,000 litres of water and 1,000 litres of foam capacity in March, 2014 aside from installing an eight kilometer range emergency alarm system to effectively muster people together during sudden crisis.   

   According to him, “safety is first in every endeavour and without it nothing is safe including port efficiency, service delivery, and return on investment.”

   Meanwhile, Ofoegbu dedicated the award to the giant strides of the company’s Managing Director, Venkatapathy Venkataraman, for his peerless support to HSE activities in the last four years.

   Reacting to the honour, the managing director said it is a good omen for the company stressing that one of the company’s cardinal policy is to make compliance to best HSE practices an important facets in its overall operations.

   He noted that the continuous feat of the company in this realm did not come as a surprise adding that the NIPCO family has always taken safety as a culture even beyond the work place.

 According to him, all through the year 2014, the company had conducted its businesses with high level of integrity, which had mainly accounted for the plethora of recognitions by stakeholders in the oil and gas industry.

   He stated that priority attention would continuously be given to safety and other ancillary things in the operations of the company in our quest to remain a benchmark in the hydrocarbon industry.

   The HSE awards is an annual event of NPA with the objectives of recognizing excellence in a bid to raise safety consciousness and also promote the spirit of healthy competition within the context of global best practices.

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