Stalluonaire Nigeria Limited tank farm is back in business following an inquest conducted by the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) on behalf of the Federal government to determine the root cause of the fire which engulfed the farm in January 2018.
The tank farm haulted its operation says it has come up with a solutions to prevent future occurrence.
The investigation followed Health, Safety and Environmental audit conducted by the DPR, which the company successfully scaled through.
“The company on its own also engaged SGS International to conduct self audit on safety management to determine the resilience of fire prevention, management and control architecture in place at the facility.
We gathered that DPR had cleared the company and certified the facility safe for business operation as the fire was well contained within the bond wall as only one tank was affected out of several.
“A reinforcement of fire management and security measures have been put in place by the company which was certified adequate by both SGS International and DPR.
“A multiple of successful audits was conducted by the DPR before granting clearance to the company to recommence operation.
“The SGS International report of the facility established that the facility fire prevention and management system is strong and robust enough to contain fire and as a matter of fact, this control system helped significantly to control the fire incident of January as only one tank out of several was affected.
” The report also confirmed that fire prevention and management equipment at the facility is very adequate with functional CCTV running day and night.
“The security management is also certified adequate by both the DPR and SGS International. The report of SGS International confirmed that internally designed HSE work program and adherence to HSE laws and regulations as defined by both local and international standards are adequate.
” The report shows that Stallionaire has well prepared Health, Safety, and Environmental Policy, HSE Management System Manual, procedures, guidelines, and other HSE documents which clearly indicate the company HSE initiatives.
“We also confirmed that the company had commenced re- construction of the burnt tank following Insurance company payment of the claim. Consequently, the insurance cover has been raised significantly” a source said.
A visit to the facility shows that it wears a new look with the painting, and raising of the fence and with security barbed wire running along the perimeter line coupled with security dogs seeing moving around the facility after work hours.
“We congratulate the staff and Management of Stallionaire Nigeria and we do hope that they are back into business stronger and more resilient” a source in DPR said.