The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has announced the adoption of 10 American Petroleum Institute (API) standards for international best practices in Nigeria’s oil and gas sector.

The Director-General of SON, Mr. Osita Aboloma, disclosed this on Sunday in a statement released to the press.

According to Abaloma, the idea was created at a Joint Technical Committee meeting held with stakeholders in the oil and gas sector in Lagos.

Aboloma who was represented by the Director, Standards Development, Mrs. Chinyere Egwuonwu, explained that all the standards adopted were key to operations in the oil and gas sector.

He said the move was made to align with the best international practices in the oil and gas sector in Nigeria.

He said different stakeholders in the oil and gas industry in the country collaborated to make the move a reality.

Aboloma identified the stakeholders as Cakasa Nig. Ltd., Peachlite Engineering Consulting Services, Winelight Analytical Systems, and Lopa Energy Ltd.

According to him, others are Addax Petroleum, Dorman Long Engineering, Mobil Producing Nigeria, Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers, Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshodi, Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Nigerian Institute of Welders.

“Their third party accreditation which facilitates acceptance by international bodies has been a cornerstone in developing standards for the worldwide oil and natural gas industry.

“Special consideration should be on environmental factors, economic considerations, security of products, national interest and most of all, global best practices,” Aboloma said.

The API standards adopted are: API RP 50 2013 Natural Gas Processing Plant Practices for protection of the environment, API RP 520; 2014 sizing, selection and installation of pressure-relieving devices in refineries part 1 sizing and selection.

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Others include API RP 520 2: 2015, Sizing, Selection and Installation of Pressure- Relieving Devices in Refineries Part II Installation, API 553: 2012 Refinery Valves and Accessories for Control and Safety Instrumented Systems and API 554: 2007 Process Instrumentation and Control,

Also in the list are, API 12L: 2008 Specification for Vertical and Horizontal Emulsion Treaters, API 2000:2014 Venting Atmospheric and Low-Pressure Storage Tanks, API 12F:2008 Specifications for Shop-Welded Tanks for Storage of Production Liquids.

While API 12D: 2008 Specification for Field Welded Tanks for Storage of Production Liquids and API STD 610: 2011 Centrifugal Pumps for Petroleum Petrochemical and Natural Gas Industries, also make up the list.


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