IN order to curtail the numerous incidences of Liquefied Petroleum Gasoline [LPG] cylinder explosions, Commonplace Organisation of Nigeria [SON] has determined to introduce requalification of gasoline cylinder to establish their high quality and shelf life simply because it destroyed over 5,000 cylinders value greater than N51.3M at its warehouse at Amuwo-Odofin in Lagos.
“Requalification scheme is an exercise where cylinders will undergo recertification test every five years till it reaches its 15-year life span. Any cylinder that fails such a test will be withdrawn from circulation,” defined SON Director, Inspectorate and Compliance Division, Obiora Manafa, who represented the Director Normal, Osita Aboloma.
Talking to the media through the train, he assured that when the requalification train takes off, many accidents occasioned by cylinder explosions might be diminished to the barest minimal.
“However, this exercise cannot be carried out by SON alone but by all the stakeholders in the industry like the DPPR, retailers, marketers etcetera”. He lamented that one of many main challenges threatening the takeoff and success of the scheme is the difficulty of possession of the cylinder.
Throwing extra gentle on the difficulty, Manafa mentioned that such schemes are simple in international locations like China the place cylinders are owned by authorities. In such international locations, expired cylinders are withdrawn from circulation and changed by commonplace ones. “In Nigeria, how can one force a consumer to drop expired cylinder and purchase a new one? What if she argues she has no money for a new one? However, we shall surmount that challenge.”
Taking journalists spherical the positioning to watch the destruction of the over 5,000 substandard Liquefied Petroleum Gasoline (LPG) cylinders value N51.three million. Manafa urged shoppers to solely purchase cylinders which have SON printed on them and referred to as shoppers to additionally desist from utilizing cylinders above 6.5kg as tenting gasoline.
Of explicit curiosity had been a whole bunch of imported 12.5kg cylinders inbuilt such a method that it’s going to solely be used as tenting gasoline. These impounded cylinders had been introduced into the nation by an unscrupulous importer.
“Having a cooking pot on top of the cylinder as high as 12.5kg stands the risk of tilting over. It is also highly dangerous to subject the high volume of LPG in a high-volume capacity cylinder to heat from the cooker that is directly on top of the cylinder.” He mentioned solely 3kg, 5kg and 6.25kg cylinders are used for tenting gasoline and fitted with tenting valves, stressing that any cylinder above 6.25kg used for tenting shall be seized and destroyed.
“There is a need to adhere strictly to standards when dealing in LPG cylinders. It is highly dangerous to use cylinders of higher capacities like 12.5kg and above as camping gas where burners are fitted on top of the cylinders,” he warned.
The model names of the cylinders indicated they had been imported by totally different businessmen. The destroyed cylinders had been in sizes of 50kg, 12.5kg, 6kg and 3kg and had branded names akin to Anadolugaz, Royaltek, Setro, Repsol and Safic. The cylinders had been seized by SON through the first quarter of 2019.
Aboloma mentioned that among the model new cylinders failed the company’s obligatory take a look at whereas others weren’t manufactured in accordance with the anticipated specs.
He mentioned that some had been pretty used cylinders imported into Nigeria with out authorisation from SON, which made them contraband items.
“We are here today to destroy all these cylinders because we cannot allow them to get into the market. They are threats to safety, they are threats to human lives and properties of Nigerians. So, because we cannot burn them, we are cutting them and will thereafter send them to steel plants where they will be recycled for manufacturing of other products,” Aboloma mentioned.
He suggested importers to all the time do the proper factor by following the procedures arrange by SON for LPG cylinder importation into the nation.
The director-general additionally urged Nigerians to buy solely cylinders with SON registration marks as a way to safeguard their houses from fireplace incidents brought on by substandard cylinders.
SON additionally referred to as for each native and international investments into the sector to carry down the importation of LPG cylinders to the barest minimal.
“Many avoidable LPG cylinder explosions across the country had led to a wanton loss of lives and properties. Dealers in LPG cylinders and burners should endeavour to abide strictly by the safety requirements in the relevant Nigeria Industrial Standards, given the potential danger that the substandard cylinders can pose to lives and properties.”
He then revealed that efforts have been intensified to topic LPG cylinders to laboratory checks and evaluation to verify their conformity, stressing that if these cylinders fail essential security parameters on development, efficiency, and markings they are going to be seized and destroyed.