DPR Shuts Down 103 Filling Stations, 13 Gas Plants In Lagos

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The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) on Tuesday said that it has sealed 103 illegal filling stations and 13 gas plants in Lagos for operating illegally.

Mr. Ayorinde Cardoso, Zonal Operations Controller, DPR, Lagos, who confirmed the development, said the outlets were shut down after a surveillance exercise by DPR task force teams on Monday.

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The filling stations and gas plants located both on the mainland and island axis in Lagos were shut down for operating without a valid license and for non-compliance with DPR guidelines and international safety standards respectively.

Cardoso said that during the exercise, the task force from the regulatory agency visited 216 facilities across the state as part of its continuous exercise to improve their safety.

He said,” This is a continuous exercise by the DPR to improve safety in selling and distribution of LPG in Lagos State. The task force visited 216 facilities and observed that 103 petroleum products retail outlets lacked the prerequisite approval and were subsequently shut down.”

Cardoso also disclosed that the LPG (cooking gas) plants were shut down for also operating without prerequisite approval or license from the regulatory agency.

He said some of the sealed plants were operating in unapproved locations, stressing that the move was aimed at reducing the occurrence of gas explosion and fire incidents in Lagos State.

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