THE Standards Organisation of Nigeria, SON, has given a two-week ultimatum to owners of liquefied petroleum gas, LPG, storage tanks nationwide to commence the process of certification or have their facilities shut.
A statement from the office of SON’s Director General, Mr. Osita Aboloma in Abuja, disclosed that the organisation had observed a sharp rise in the installation of LPG storage tanks in petrol stations across the country, many of which had been unable to provide evidence to SON of certification of the vessels.
Aboloma then directed all SON state offices to intensify surveillance of all installed LPG storage tanks in their areas of coverage to ascertain those that have undergone SON certifi-cation before installation as required by the Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, regulation.
According to Aboloma, “all imported and locally-fabricated LPG storage tanks are required to undergo SON certification to assure conformity to the requirements of Nigeria Industrial Standard, NIS, 419:2000, Specification and Testing of Unfired Pressure Vessels for the Storage of LPG. These include safety and performance requirements.
“Locally-manufactured vessels are required to undergo certification under SON Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme, MANCAP, while imported vessels are required to undergo the off-shore Conformity Assessment Programme, SONCAP, certification.”