The Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria, MOMAN, has said that its members have activated petroleum products distribution mechanism to ensure there is no hitch in petrol distribution across the country, following the fire that damaged OVH tank farm facility in Lagos.
On Thursday 5th, November 2020 at about 12:15 PM there was an outbreak of fire at an OVH Marketing Limited PMS tank at its depot in Apapa.
The fire was contained and did not spread further than the initial tank.
The fire was successfully and totally extinguished with no fatality recorded.
The MOMAN said it has commenced collaboration with the Petroleum Products Marketing Company, PPMC, to ensure continuous supply of product to Lagos, its environs and across the country.
In a statement, the Association said, “We wish to assure members of the public that there shall be no product supply disruptions because of this event.”
It said that one of the major reasons MOMAN advocates for the deregulation of the petroleum downstream sector is to ensure adequate margins to finance depot safety upgrades.
Nonetheless, MOMAN as an Association insists on internationally
accepted safety standards and shared best practices in their self-regulation drive and cross-inspect members facilities and installations to meet these standards. It assured that members would continue to invest in and upgrade safe practices,
firefighting and other equipment to meet the country and these jointly set standards. The Association further said it will continue to collectively self-regulate within its membership with a view to ensure continuous upgrade and update of safety equipment, practices, and standards.
It will be recalled that immediately the fire was reported, OVH Marketing Limited, a founding member of MOMAN, initiated its emergency response plan and activated the joint Emergency Response Plan engaging MOMAN members with facilities in Apapa to assist the depot in containing, controlling, and extinguishing the fire.
The Federal Fire Service, Lagos State Fire Service and other agencies/organizations were also invited in line with the Emergency Response Plan and were on hand to support the combined efforts to combat the fire.
The Nigeria Ports Authority, United Bank for Africa, National Emergency Management Agency, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, NNPC, NIPCO Plc, NAPIMS, Folawiyo Energy Ltd, HOGL Energy Limited, the
Nigerian Army, the Nigerian Navy, the Nigerian Police Force and the Unions within the petroleum industry contributed many fire trucks and firefighting equipment, chemicals and firefighting foam and other firefighting resources including
expertise and manpower to fight the fire.
MOMAN, observed that the quick implementation of the previously conceived and well-rehearsed Emergency Response Plan and the combined effort achieved the result that it was expected to achieve in these circumstances. The fire did not spread to any other tank within the OVH premises and certainly did not spread to any other facility outside the OVH facility.
The MOMAN HSEQ Committee and the MOMAN Apapa Operations and Logistics Committee made up of experts and consultants from member companies continuously and collectively reviewed and update the joint Apapa Emergency Response Plan, sharing best practices and conducting joint emergency drills rehearsing different scenarios to keep the emergency response teams and neighbouring emergency response agencies ready to combat this type of eventuality. These committees it said will work with OVH Energy Marketing Ltd specialists and safety teams and the authorities to carry out a detailed investigation to identify the immediate and remote causes of the fire and share learnings with all stakeholders.