SON plans guidelines for LPG
The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) is planning to issue guidelines for the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) to be used by consumers, it has been gathered.
It was also gathered that the rules would give details of the properties of the LNG otherwise known as cooking gas to be used in the country.They are coming on the heels of the review by SON to ascertain the quality of LPG coming to Nigeria from Niger Republic.
SON’s Deputy Director , Obiora Manafa said the development became necessary to prevent consumers from using LPG that are certified.
He said a quantity of LPG consists of two properties namely; butane and propane, adding that there is the need to ensure that LPGs in use meets the Nigerian specification.
He said: “A technical committee comprising stakeholders in the LPG value chain was set up recently. The committee in conjunction with the SON undertakes a review of the LPG components. We have arrived at standard LPG, and this is awaiting the approval of the Council of SON. We have deliberated on the issue, and the approval would be given soon. In fact, the director-general, SON, said the approval would be given anytime.
“Once the standard is out, Nigerians would know whether the LPG standard from Niger Republic is complying with our own and from there take a position,” he said.
The Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) produces 95 per cent of the LPG used in the country. Nigeria’s LPG specification is 95 per cent butane and five per cent propane.
It was learnt that the reason is because high butane is meant for countries in the tropics such as Nigeria, However, the decision of Niger Republic to import LPG with the highest propane quality made the government, SON and other stakeholders to contemplate the review.
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