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Nigeria adopts ten standards to boost the oil, gas industry

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria SON has adopted ten America Petroleum Institute(API) Standards for the nation to meet Industrial demands and the need to keep up with best international practices in the Oil and Gas sector.

This was made known by the Director General Standards Organisation of Nigeria Mr. Osita Aboloma during a joint Technical Committee meeting on Oil and Gas / Petroleum and Petro Chemicals in Lagos.

The Director General, represented by Deputy Director Standards Development Mr Agboola Afolayan, revealed that all the standards are critically relevant to operations in the Oil and Gas industry, hence the need to adopt them in collaboration with the stakeholders as Nigerian Industrial Standards (NIS)

He said adopting international standards as national standard was not a new development, especially where the standards are elaborated by global leaders.

The Joint Chairmen of the Technical Committee, on Oil and Gas/ Petroleum and Petrochemicals, Prof Joseph Ajienka of the University of Port-Harcourt and Prof Sunday Ojolo of University of Lagos called on participants to carry out their duty with zeal.

    Some of The API Standards adopted include

Natural Gas Processing Plant Practices for Protection of the Environment, Refinery Valves and Accessories for Control and Safety Instrumented Systems, Process Instrumentation and Control and Specification for Vertical and Horizontal Emulsion Treaters.

Others are Venting Atmospheric and Low –Pressure Storage Tanks, Specifications for Shop-Welded Tanks for Storage of Production Liquids, Specification for Field Welded Tanks for Storage of Production Liquids and Centrifugal Pumps for Petroleum Petrochemical and Natural Gas Industries.

 Victoria Chimezie

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