The Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, has promised to upgrade downstream operations to global standards with improved technology in its ongoing automation process.
A statement issued on Tuesday in Lagos by Paul Osu, Head, Public Affairs, DPR, said Sarki Auwalu, the Director of the agency, made the promise at a virtual meeting with members of the Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria, MOMAN.
Mr Auwalu said the DPR was currently deploying appropriate technology to enhance value for operators and investors alike in the downstream sector.
According to him, DPR has concluded plans to inaugurate the Downstream Remote Monitoring Systems, DRMS, on February 11, in Abuja.
He said the DRMS was an inventory and regulatory tool designed to track product levels across retail outlets and depots using the short code- *7117#.
Mr Auwalu said the introduction of DRMS would create value for the sector by providing access to data for efficient management of their operations.
He noted that DPR as partners in progress would continue to engage with MOMAN to ensure seamless communication and feedback on its regulatory activities.
The director said that DPR had developed a framework around quality, quantity, integrity and safety, QQIS, for petroleum products in response to the current situation of price freedom in the downstream sector.
He lauded the support of MOMAN for the gas expansion programme of government and advised the association to ensure their members’ compliance with the gas add-on directives for their stations, as they are the energy bridge of the nation.
The Chairman of MOMAN, Tunji Oyebanji, assured the DPR of the readiness of the association to always partner with the department for the development and growth of the sector.
He lauded the technology deployment by DPR in its operations which had enhanced its approval processes and data collection drive.