The Department of Petroleum Resources in Ibadan has shut down 17 illegal LPG outlet located in Ibadan and gave warning to nine other filling plants on Monday.
The operation controller of Ibadan field office of DPR, Mr Oluyemi Olaonipekun, made this known while addressing the newsmen.
According to the controller, the operation carried out by DPR was to effectively monitor the operation of retail oil marketers liquefied petroleum gas retailers and depot operation.
He said: “The exercise is continuous and we will continue to improve as well as carry out the necessary assignments as stipulated by the regulations and oil guidelines.
“In the other two areas, LPG and filling stations, we have been able to curtail people selling at forecourt below the required volume being paid for by the motorists and other buyers to a greater extent in Oyo State.
“To this end, we have not been able to close down any filling station due to unnecessary under-dispensing of the pumps.
“The only area we had closed down filling station is where they have installed skid without our approval.
“In the last three months, we have been able to stop the illegal installation of LPG skid and closed down 17 illegally installed skid from operating within our area of operations, that is Oyo State.
“To forestall future occurrence during our routine visit and surveillance, we have gathered data of illegal outfits and their gas suppliers.
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” We believe that if they had not been supplied gas, they would not be able to sell or have the products.
“We now have the data of the licenced legal operators who are supplying the illegal operators.
“We have after that written warning letters to nine major LPG retailer plant owners; if they further supply any unlicensed, unapproved LPG site, we will close down their plants too.
“The law gives us the power to do that based on the conditions in which they got their licences.
”They have some responsibilities and duties to perform, and if they fail, we have the power to suspend or revoke their licences.”
DPR plan to meet LPG plant owners and other stakeholders in the sector.
The scope of the meeting is to ensure the eradication of unnecessary supply of products to unlicensed and unapproved sites.
“We will also go out on a road show to sensitise people on how to safely handle and use LPG.
“LPG is friendly if it is handled carefully,” he said.