NIPCO plc, an indigenous downstream operator in the oil and gas industry, has been awarded the best terminal for its strict compliance in the area of Health, Safety and Environment, HSE, in line with the international best practices.
The company which began operations in June 2004, was honored during the Annual HSE Awards organized by the- Nigeria Ports Authority, NPA, for hydro- carbon terminal operators in Lagos state.
Speaking at the award presentation, the head HSE, NPA, Engr Okey Ezinwa, said the honor is the aftermath of two comprehensive HSE Audit, conducted on all white products and gas dispensing companies in the state with a view to ascertaining their level of compliance to international best standards.
Engr Ezinwa, explained that the audit which was carried out recently, revealed some grey areas in the operations of tank farms and terminals operating in the Lagos port area while some others had made remarkable improvement in HSE practices.
According to him, the high volatility of petroleum products had made the NPA management strengthen the HSE department so as to avoid any mishaps in the process of receipt and discharge of oil and gas.
He said that the annual HSE event, that usually attracts experts in the oil and gas industry and subsequent awards, will be continued in coming years in a conscious move to improve HSE practices in the overall interest of stakeholders.
In a message at the occasion, the company's Managing Director, Mr. Venkatapathy Venkataraman, said the organization is delighted to be honored for the second time consecutively as the best HSE compliant firm, "we feel elated by this feat to be picked up for recognition out of the multitude of downstream operators in the oil and gas industry", he added.
The M.D, whose address was delivered by NIPCO Safety Chief, Mr. Vitalis Ofoegbu, explained that since the company began operations, much emphasis has been placed on clean, healthy and safe environment, stressing that honors of this nature had not come to the organization by accident.
According to him, the two most visible indicators of our safety culture are in the realms of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Housekeeping, both of which had made us stand shoulder high among other operators.
Mr. Venkatapathy, stated that the company's delight in emphasizing good house-keeping stems from their innate desire to always keep the work-place clean and tidy, which ultimately makes the workers proud of what they do in the place of work.
He asserted that healthy environment and safety remains NIPCOs' core values in consonance with the belief that nothing is greater in value than the lives of our human- resources as well as the equipment to make them attain higher heights in the course of their assignments.
"As we get recognized once again with this prestigious award, I am assuring all our esteemed publics of our determination to continue to imbibe the spirit of safety at all times in the overall interest of the sector in particular and the entire economy in general", the M.D declared.
Other recipients of the yearly award from the multitude of operators shortlisted are: Folawiyo Energy Ltd- 1st runner up and NavGas Nig Ltd - 2nd runner up.