The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), says it has sanctioned two petrol stations and two gas plants in Delta over alleged sharp practices.
The DPR Assistant Director, Operations in Warri zone, Mrs Gladys Idahosa, who led a team of the regulatory agency on the routine surveillance told newsmen that the stations were sealed over offences bordering on under-dispensing, operating without valid licences, expired fire extinguishers and uninstalled gas leakage detectors.
She said that the agency would continue to intensify awareness through routine surveillance to curb anomalies in the downstream sector.
“In some of the gas plants we visited, we observed that some do not install gas leakage detectors, nor do they recharged their fire extinguishers.
“However, some are up to date; they operate in a friendly environment while only one gas plant sealed was for safety reasons.
“A lot of the gas plants and filling stations are complying with the DPR rules that is why we could only sealed very few ones,” she explained.
Idahosa also said that the team’s visit to retail outlets regularly was to take measurements of quantity of fuel being dispensed.
According to her, anyone that goes above the accepted “deviation range” were sanctioned.
“We call the marketer to get a technician to fix it and we go and verify that the machine is dispensing accurately before we unsealed such station,” she said.
The Assistant Director operations therefore urged the consumers to always notify DPR whenever they noticed a shortfall in the petrol they bought from the filling stations.
She also appealed to the marketers to cooperate with the regulatory agency and abide by its rules and regulations.
“We are not witch-hunters; the marketers should cooperate with us by complying with our rules so that we can work as a team.
“Our intention is to ensure that they work safely and in a safe environment,” she added.
It would be recalled that the regulatory agency had in July sealed 11 petrol stations and two gas plants in two separate operations.