The Pipelines and Product Marketing Company, PPMC said it has adopted strategic measures to deepen the Liquefied Petroleum Gas, LPG or cooking gas market and promote the use of the product across the country.
PPMC, a subsidiary of the Nigeria National Petroleum Company, NNPC, said one of the measures is to provide LPG skids in its 21 depots across the country, with the aim of bringing the products closer to consumers with particular emphasis on rural dwellers.
Promoting LPG usage among rural dwellers that make use of traditional fuel for cooking like charcoal, fire wood, PPMC said, would help reduce deforestation in the country and the global environment at large.
Managing Director of PPMC, Mr. Haruna Momoh, listed other measures to include the creation of viable access and the restoring of the Apapa LPG facility from 4,000 metric tonnes to 7,000 metric tonnes.
Manager LPG/SP & B of PPMC, Mrs. Ugona Betty, who represented Momoh, at the third edition of Nigeria Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association, NLPGA in Lagos, said the PPMC has been contributing its quota in the development of LP Gas market in Nigeria. She noted that arrangements were currently on ground to complete the digitalisation of all LPG utilisation plants.
The PPMC boss also stated that the company looks forward to acquiring all LPG vessels and a healthy partnership with NNPC retail outlets and also gas to health initiative with NGOs to create awareness for substitute fuel.
He added that PPMC also plans to partner with regulatory agencies as well to promote industrial best practices in all its locations, stressing that everyone needs to come together in the global transformation to ensure that the entry cost for rural dwellers is completely minimised.
“PPMC is saddled with the responsibility of petroleum products supply and distribution, as well as the supply and distribution of LP Gas in the Nigeria market. PPMC has made tremendous stride in LP Gas market development in the past couple of years.
“The company is not resting on its previous achievements but it is actually pushing in the fore front in LPG utilisation, building and improving capacity development. The company is able to push in these developments with the array of infrastructure strategically located across the country.
“In 2007 when NLNG announced the intervention scheme through the appointment of off takers by the federal government, PPMC decided to key into this vision to ensure the achievement of the intervention scheme. PPMC did not only guarantee the availability of coaster storage at Apapa, PPMC embarked on the rehabilitation of all LPG utilisation plants strategically located across in the six geo-political zones of the country.
“These utilisation plants were constructed about 20 years ago but they were left unused. PPMC then after the launch of the intervention scheme by NLNG embarked on a rehabilitation of the utilisation of these plants. These plants are located in Lagos, Ibadan, Ilorin, Kano, Guzo, Gombe, Enugu, Calabar and Makurdi.
“The aim of building these utilisation plants years back was to ensure that LP gas gets closer to consumers that disforestation is reduced and also that gas flaring is reduced to the barest minimum. Hence, the rehabilitation of the utilisation plant is to ensure that these visions are actualised. This is a major achievement because this has enabled total penetration of LPG market and increased accessibility of LP gas to consumers.
“These plants are not just storage facilities but we have bottling units, which can bottle about 875 of 3kg cylinders a day and out the 8 bottling plants, five have been fully rehabilitated and we are selling from there. Ibadan is selling, Kano is also fully rehabilitated and we are selling from there, Enugu and Apapa Lagos as well,” he said.