The Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Lagos Chapter has advocated the use of liquefied gas to promote a more sustainable environment in the country.
It made this call at a recent business luncheon themed “LPG in Nigeria with focus on refilling plant.”
The former Chairman of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Ikeja Branch, Akintayo Akintola, said the advantage of liquefied gas was the absence of gas flaring, leading to an unconducive environment.
He said, “Once flaring stops, it gives us an end product of a safer and cleaner environment. Also, the flared gas would be converted into sustainable revenue for Nigeria. This is what is being used all over the world. If gas can be compressed into liquid form under high pressure with the enablement of dispensing, it would go a long way.
“The impact of this on the environment is that gas is no longer flared, birthing litterings around the environment. If you go to the Niger Delta, their roofs are currently green. There is something called acidic rain which mixes with the gas once rain falls, hence becoming acids. This is why their roofs are now so green and have holes on them, and cannot last for so long.”
According to him, instead of wasting the gas by flaring it, gas can be liquefied, thereby generating more revenues for the government.
The Chief Executive Officer of Foks JV Nigeria Limited, Anslem Olawoye, said Liquefied Petroleum Gas was a hydrocarbon fuel gas mixture of propane and butane that burns in the presence of air (oxygen) to produce heat energy for everyday activities.
He said, “It is hydrocarbon because it contains carbon and hydrogen atoms and fuel gas due to its ability to burn and produce energy. Propane and butane exist in their natural states as gases and in liquid form, after fractionation for storage and transportation.”
It belongs to the group of non-renewable fossil fuels formed over millions of years due to the decomposition of plants and animal remains.
“LPG can also be used as fuel for vehicles. LPG is more economical and environment-friendly as it burns completely without producing smoke and leaving residue. In Nigeria, as of today, it could be an alternative choice to petrol and diesel, cause of the present high cost.”