SON adopts international standards to improve oil, gas industry

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The Director-General, Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON).Mr. Osita-Aboloma

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), says it has adopted ten American Petroleum Institute (API) standards for international best practices in the oil and gas sector in Nigeria.

The Director-General of SON, Mr Osita Aboloma, said that the idea was made at a Joint Technical Committee meeting held with stakeholders in the oil and gas sector in Lagos.

Abolomal explained that the standards adopted would ensure the availability of the NIS, enhance market competiveness, prevent dumping of goods and promot exports.

According to him, adopting international standards as national standard is not a new development, especially where the standards are elaborated by global leaders such as API.

He said API had since 1919 established a clout for convening subject matter experts in establishing, maintaining and distributing consensus standards for the oil and gas industry.

Aboloma noted that API standards being adopted were recognised not only for their technical specifications.

“Their third party accreditation which facilitates acceptance by international bodies has been a cornerstone in developing standards for the worldwide oil and natural gas industry,’’ he said.

Aboloma, however, cautioned that: “In adopting international standards we must ensure that the standards are not in conflict with our statutory regulatory requirements.

“Special consideration should be on environmental factors, economic considerations, security of products, national interest and most of all, global best practices,” he explained.

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