The Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has issued a warning to users of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) who are switching to Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) as their energy source, stating that there is a high risk of explosions for those who do not handle these gases properly.
The management of SON made this known in a statement obtained by EnergyDay on Tuesday, addressing the increasing interest of car owners in converting their vehicles from PMS to CNG and the associated high risk of explosions.
SON in the statement noted that Nigerians who choose to use CNG or LPG as an alternative to PMS should be aware of the established safety precautions.
The organisation revealed that CNG/LPG cannot be seen or physically touched and can only be perceived through the sense of smell.
“Once the smell of CNG/LPG is perceived, danger is seconds away as any contact of the gas with heat, pressure or fire will lead to an active fire and associated consequences,” it said.
It, however, noted that the use of CNG and LPG as an alternative source of power to Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) in automobiles and for domestic or industrial use is safe, cost effective and reduces carbon emissions.
SON is the apex standardisation body in Nigeria empowered by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) and SON Act No. 14 of 2015 to develop standards for products, commodities, projects and services.
SON therefore cautions stakeholders and the public to ensure that conversion kits and competency of Handlers meets the requirement of the relevant standards.
It further stated that it will ensure the implementation of the CNG and LPG conversion kits are for the benefits of improving the quality of life and safety of Nigerians.
EnergyDay gathered that this warning by SON is based on the fact that high-pressure fuel systems require periodic inspection and maintenance to ensure safe and proper operation.