The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has expressed worry that despite the significant natural gas reserves, the country was yet to fully benefit from her natural gas endowment, Vanguard reports.

The DPR Director, Mr. Mordecai B. N. Ladan, made his feelings known on Wednesday, while flagging off the establishment’s Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), sensitization workshop in Owerri. “Nigeria has significant natural gas reserves, estimated at 192 Trillion Cubic Feet (TCF) and currently, ranks ninth in the world. Despite this abundant reserve base, its utilization in the domestic sector is grossly inadequate and the country is yet to fully benefit from her natural gas endowment”, Ladan said.

He said that LPG is essential for the reduction of deforestation, air pollution, promotion of clean energy usage, as well as to facilitate healthy population growth. Explaining the reason for convening the workshop, Ladan said it was to shed more light on the safe handling and usage of gas, especially at the plants and in private homes. While expressing great concern at the number of accidents at LPG plants, Ladan however opined that majority of the accidents could be traced to non-compliance of the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP).