DPR issues oil marketers December deadline on depot meters

30 September 2011, Sweetcrude, Lagos – The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Nigeria’s oil industry watchdog, has directed all oil marketers in the country to install meters to inlet reception lines at petroleum depots by December 31 to ensure accurate measurement of products being delivered to their systems.

All depots must complete the installation within three months, the DPR said.
DPR’s Controller, Lagos zonal office, Mr. Gbenga Koku, issued the directive Thursday in Lagos at the
Annual General Meeting of the agency, petroleum products depot owners and other stakeholders.

“This implies that from January 1, 2012, any depot that fails to commission its meter shall not be allowed to receive petroleum product,” he said, maintaining that measurement of delivery lines to the systems must be properly maintained using inline meters with temperature correction.

According to Koku, pipeline system must be maintained in first class order and all meters must be regularly checked and calibrated under the supervision of DPR.

He said the continuous haulage of petroleum products to facilities and premises without permits from the DPR would no longer be condoned and “we shall sanction any marketer who flouts petroleum laws.”

He commended the efforts of marketers in ensuring that queues at fillings stations were eradicated through effective supply and distribution of petroleum products, especially petrol.

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