NMDPRA inspects safety, operational facilities at Calabar depot
The Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) has undertaken an inspection visit to the depot in Calabar with a view to ensure that the safety and operational facilities are up to date.
Mr Ogbugo Ukoha, the Executive Director, Distribution System, Storage, Retail and Infrastructure of the Authority, was accompanied on the inspection tour by the Operations Controller, Calabar Field Office of NMDPRA, Mr George Ene-Ita, and other staff.
The team inspected the Dozzy oil and Gas depot, Ammasco petroleum chemicals company, Hyde tanks and terminals, North West Petroleum, Fynfield Petroleum, Sobaz oil, Alkanes Petroleum and Gas, jetties among others.
Speaking to newsmen after the tour, Ukoha said that one of the concerns of the marketers was the dredging of the Calabar channel.
The Executive Director said that the dredging would allow for bigger vessels to berth with petroleum product with a view to meet the storage capacity of the depot.
According to him, the oil marketers have identified dredging as one of their major concerns limiting the supply of petroleum products to their facilities at the jetty.
He disclosed that the peak consumption period for petroleum products in Nigeria was between November to January, hence the need to stabilise and ensure a seamless supply and distribution of the product.
“The draft of the Calabar channel was one of the concerns raised by oil marketers; due to this, they have to wait for the tide to come high before bringing in their vessels.
“With dredging, we can do more so that bigger vessels can come in because they have the storage capacity.
“The oil marketers have also raised the issue of multiple regulations by different agencies; we will look into the issues and engage with other stakeholders because the Petroleum Industry Act is very clear, we are domiciled as the priority.
“It is very important that we do this and be mindful of the outcome of the pump price on the end-users,” he said.