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Our gas plant complied with safety regulations – Techno

The management of Techno Oil Limited has said that its gas plant situated in Kirikiri, in the Oriade Local Council Development Area of Lagos State, fully complied with requisite safety procedures in the oil and gas industry.

PUNCH Metro had reported that a lawyer, Eboh Otokhina, representing the Kirikiri Town Stakeholders’ Association, alleged that the gas plant’s location in the coastal community was dangerous, adding that the company was working against the law by refusing to comply with the provisions of the Environmental Impact Assessment Act.

Refuting the claim, the General Manager, Commercials/Company Secretary, Techno Oil, Ken Abazie, said the company obtained the relevant regulatory approvals for the gas plant, adding that it strictly adheres to the statutory regulations of the industry with regard to the project.

Abazie stated, “For our terminal in the Kirikiri community, we obtained all the necessary statutory and regulatory approvals for that project and are complying with the required safety procedures. Also, stakeholders in the community, including the oba, chiefs and youths, also approved of the project; in fact, we have their approval documented and duly signed.

“It is not in doubt that members of the community have been agitating for the completion of the project so that they can benefit from it. Techno Oil was the first terminal to come to the Kirikiri community; we have a depot in that place and the construction of the road leading to the depot was funded by Techno Oil.

“We also have approval from the Department of Petroleum Resources, and they have been following up on the project on a quarterly basis. Because the property, where the gas plant is situated, was not sold to a few competitors, who were interested in acquiring it, they now resorted to fighting dirty.

“We don’t have any issue with the community, its residents or the regulatory bodies issuing approvals for such a project. We are willing to avail you the documents to back up the claims.”

Certified true copies of the approved EIA reports by the Federal Ministry of Environment and the Department of Petroleum Resources, and a letter of support signed by elders and principal members of the Imore community of Kirikiri Town, were made available to our correspondent.

In one of the reports, dated February 7, 2017, which was signed by the Director, Petroleum Resources, Sibeudu Onyebuchi, after acknowledging the receipt of Techno Oil Limited’s EIA study report for the proposed gas plant on December 21, 2016, stated, “The DPR agrees with the findings from the study, which are within the regulatory limits, and so is pleased to convey to you its acceptance and approval of the EIA report as a certification of the existing baseline against which the environmental performance of your operations within this project location (Kirikiri Town) would be evaluated.”

In the letter of support by the Kirikiri Town Joint Community Development Association, the elders and other stakeholders gave approval to the project even before it commenced.

The letter read in part, “We, the elders and principal members of the Imore community of Kirikiri Town, Apapa, Lagos, on behalf of our community, hereby respond to the notice ‘Public Display exercise on The Environmental Impact Assessment of the proposed LPG storage facility project at Kirikiri Town’, which was published in the Daily Sun and The PUNCH of December 20, 2017.

“That prior to the said publications, Techno Oil had briefed the community on the proposed project and highlighted its benefits to the host community. The company also addressed all safety issue satisfactorily. That we have no doubt that the project will be of immense benefit to the community and hereby give our full support to the construction of the LPG terminal.”

The Asiwaju of Kirikiri Town, Babatunde Shabi, condemned Otokhina for working against the progress of the community, adding that the project would bring development and empower the youth.

Shabi said, “The paramount ruler, Taofik Akeju; the joint youth President in the town, Odoji Popoola, and other relevant stakeholders, including members of the community, are in support of the gas plant. Otokhina has been causing problems as his actions are against the progress of the community.”

The community’s liaison officer with the firm, Saheed Yusuf, also said a consensus agreement supporting the establishment of the gas plant was endorsed by stakeholders in the community.