DPR seals three illegal gas plants in Akwa Ibom
The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) Eket Field Office has sealed three illegal gas plants at Ikot Ekpene Local Council of Akwa Ibom State.Its Operations Controller, Tamunoiminabo Kingsley- Sundaye, who addressed news yesterday in Eket, said the department’s surveillance team uncovered the unregistered facilities in the area.
He said: “Last week in the course of our activities, we noticed three illegal gas plants within Ikot Ekpenne axis.“They were gas plants that were bringing in vessels and planting them there just to do business in spite of the dangers posed to people’s lives, property and the environment.”Kingsley-Sundaye pointed out that the illicit gas infrastructure lacked the basic standard architecture revolving around engineering, safety, earth and the environment.
He added: “Before the DPR will give you an approval or licence, there are certain engineering standards you must meet.“You just do not come and run a facility. You must have attained an international standard consistent with businesses that are governed by codes and standards.”
The DPR official said his organisation had written to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) to enforce the law as it relates to the issue at hand, urging it to ensure that the shut facilities do not become operational again through the back door.He reiterated that owners of such illicit plants or those that contravene international standards risk arrest and prosecution in the state.
The operations controller advised plant owners to ensure that their establishments meet up with minimum standard and extant guidelines.Applauding the NSCDC for its rounded ties with his agency over the years, Kingsley-Sundaye urged the proprietors of gas plants to acquaint themselves with procedures and all it takes to get their firms licensed by the regulator for seamless dispensing.