The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has restated its commitment to Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) in Nigeria’s oil and gas industry, saying that the industry recorded only one fatal rig accident in the last 10 years as a result of its effort in ensuring the operators’ strict adherence to high safety protocols and standards, THISDAY reports.

The regulatory agency has also decried the recent fire outbreak at the Linc Oil and Gas Depot in Calabar. It pointed out that despite the formidable challenge of regulating over 30, 000 petroleum retail outlets in 36 states of the federation, its strategic HSE interventions have been effectively and consistently deployed in a way that has ensured a steady annual reduction in petroleum products outlets fire-related fatalities, adding that it targets to achieve zero incidents. The statement further clarified that the Linc Oil depot has been shut down indefinitely, pending the outcome of its investigations into the incident.

The agency noted that in the course of discharging its regulatory functions, several companies have been barred from operating within the Nigerian oil and gas industry while others have been issued hefty fines for HSE violations. DPR also added that even though the issuance of road worthiness certification does not fall under its regulatory mandate, it still goes a step further in ensuring that all vehicles evacuating products from all petroleum depots, amongst other checks, possess valid road worthiness documents issued by the relevant government agencies.