Monday, May 6, 2013

Nigeria imports cooking gas from Niger Republic

From Ayodele Samuel, Lagos

The Liquefied Petroleum Gas Retailers Association of Nigeria (LPGARAN) has hinted that Nigeria imports Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) also known as cooking gas from Niger Republic.
"The Niger LPG has very high propane content which is dangerous to the public," the LPGARAN National President, Michael Chika Umudu, warned in a chat with Peoples Daily in Lagos at the weekend.
He said that various companies had been importing the product from different countries but described the importation from Niger as a recent development.
According to him, "the Niger gas is a very high pressure LP gas which is capable of causing incessant explosion of cylinders, pipes, and rubber hose.
The Umudu explained that local production of LPG by NLNG and refineries is hardly sufficient hence the importation.
"Various companies have been importing the product from different countries but this is the first time the product is being imported from Niger Republic.
"Indeed, there is increase in incidents of explosions since some LP gas depot operators began to import the gas about two years ago.
"LPGARAN has been raising the alarm on the danger that Niger Republic gas poses to members of the public and market operators.
"The association has reported this to the Nigeria LP Gas Association (NLPGA) led by AlhajiAwalu Ilu.
"LPGARAN has been calling on LP gas plant operators to stop patronising the depot owners who import the Niger gas because gas retailers buy their gas only from gas plant operators and not from depots.