DPR to Deal with Safety Issues in Oil & Gas Industry

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) on Monday said it would find solutions to problems militating against compliance to Health, Safety and Environment issues in the nation’s Oil and Gas industry.

The Deputy Director, Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Division, DPR, Mrs Sibeudu Onyebuchi told newsmen in Lagos during the agency’s HSE pre-conference briefing, that the agency would assemble stakeholders to develop answers to the problems.

Onyebuchi said that the 17th International HSE Biennial Conference slated for Nov. 28 to Nov. 30, has as its theme “Integrated Security Approach, New Strategies and The Way To Go in The Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry.’’

She said that conference would promote HSE awareness amongst stakeholders in the industry, and bring together experts from within and outside the country to share new ideas and experiences on the issues.

Onyebuchi, who is also the Chairman, Conference Management Planning Committee, said that the event would provide platform for professionals to share experiences on health and safety issues arising from exploration and production.

She said that stakeholders would also share values on downstream and other related activities in the oil and gas sector.

According to her, the aim is to promote and entrench a safe and environmentally sustainable oil and gas industry in Nigeria.

“The conference had recorded series of successes over the years which include Development of the Environmental Guidelines and Standard for the Petroleum Industry in Nigeria (EGASPIN).

“Others are the enactment of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Act, and creation of job opportunities in the various establishments,’’ she said.

Onyebuchi disclosed that Dr Ibe Kachikwu, Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, would deliver the key note address, adding that over 36 technical papers would be presented during the 3-day conference.

According to her, over 3,000 participants and exhibitors from within and outside the country are expected at the event.