This technical session will look at Pipeline System, the impairment of integrity and structural function and its attendant impact on HSEQ and regional macro-micro-economics.
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The 15th General Technical session of PLAN was held on the 4th of April 2013 in the Ufuoma Hall of Wellington Hotel, Warri and co-ordinated by Warri Chapter of the Association and was attended by 60 representatives of various sectors of society.
The theme of the 15th Technical session was PIPELINE SYSTEMS: THE IMPACT ON HSEQ AND REGIONAL ECONOMY, and was hosted by McDonald Amadin (Warri Chapter Chairperson) of Don Mac Nig Limited.
The activity was kicked off with a television interview by the Pipeline Professionals’ Association of Nigeria Executive Chair, Dr. J. E. Dorgu and the Warri Planning Committee Chair, Mr. Eloho Amagada on Delta TV’s “Good Morning Delta” programme, to explain the theme and open membership to all and sundry – market women, politicians, engineers, non-engineers, doctors, lawyers, students etc; collectively described as strategic & non-strategic pipeline stakeholders. The programme was also used to explain how loss of containment affects the social, economic, health, political life, fauna and flora.
The session dealt with the impact of loss of containment (rupture) of a pipeline system and its attendant consequences on health, safety, environment and quality; and the economy of impacted regions e.g. health (acute and chronic effects, cancers, dermatological issues), safety and environment (air, water, vegetation and environmental changes i.e. flooding, desertification and global warming), economy (lost revenue from stresses, to agriculture (less yield), lost man-hours, cost of remediation etc).
Three presentations were given during the session:
- Submar Pipeline Protection & Flood Defence Products
- Power Reform vis-a-viz Pipeline Systems
- Pipeline Systems: Impact On HSEQ And Regional Economy (An Overview)
The session was an interactive event with Question-and-Answer segments and an intensive 1 hour interactive session. The session looked seriously at the issues related to health, environmental, safety and economic consequences of pipeline failures (integrity and socially-mediated), as well as the constitutional responsibilities of both the citizen (individual and corporation) and The Federal Government (specifically sections 20 and 24 of the Nigerian Constitution).
At the end of the session the attendees arrived at the following points of consensus. A comparative assessment of Petroleum Act Chapter 350 (LFN 1990) and Mineral Oils (Safety) Regulations Part II compared favourably with the US, however they saw need to ensure collaboration to underpin the relationship between regulators and operator against the backdrop ‘No Operator, No Regulator’. The value and ethical implications are to ‘make Compliance cheaper than Default’
Policy formulation, planning and execution could only be effectively realised via frontline participation, to this; the Pipeline Professionals’ Association of Nigeria has over 40 member companies with a functional age in excess of 3000 years in the sector. This reservoir of technical and infrastructural skills set must be engaged to assure the Lifecycle Management of Power\Energy\Pipeline Assets. ‘No Pipeline, No Energy, No Nation’. Political leadership must take advantage of this resource.
Although unlicensed artisanal refining and Oil Theft are security issues, the current approach of dealing with the challenges carries the risk of suffocating and potentially impairing severely the economic life of the oil producing regions and the Nation. The Association proffered solutions to streamline, structure and sanitize the process to assure the safety of the pipeline assets, the environment and generate additional income for the Federal Government, ranging from legislation, cooperatives, leadership and sanctions on the laboratory foundations of democracy. There is a pressing need to engage Pipeline Professionals’ Association of Nigeria towards tactical and strategic solutions
The collective agreement was that communities should be given a tangible sense of ownership via clearly defined stakeholder portfolios, transparency and engagement versus the ‘Trust Me’ model in existence.
The association supported the call by civil society for greater demand for accountability from the Federal and State Governments. The call for subsidy removal was tantamount to removing the only social welfare\security available to the Masses. The 1.3Tn subsidy equates to ₦ 8\capita. This is measly when benchmarked with Wage Poverty <₦ 27,000 vs. Wage Survival ≈ ₦ 100,000 – 150,000 vs. Wage Living > ₦ 150,000 for a family of 6 in the city. The partial removal of subsidy in 2012 saw a 50-100% price hike in bread and butter issues including, but not limited to: transportation, food stuff; rent etc resulting in continuous untold hardship on a majority of the population. The discussion should continue but total removal be shelved until such a time the refining capacity of the country have attained optimal levels and product price had reduced, as subsidy predominately speaks to defraying the cost of logistics and not refining.
Mandated by Section 24 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; the attendees looked at the constitutionality of the prerogative of mercy\pardon (Sec 175), and opined that the section speaks to CONVICTS (the letter), PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE (the spirit) and not ex-convicts; Section 66 (1h) and (2c) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is instructive.
The association did appreciate the efforts of the Federal Government with regard to amnesty in the Niger Delta and for Boko Haram, but took the view that the modes though similar stemmed from contrasting ideological premises i.e. strategic expressionism vs. puritanical culturism; thus to resolve any conflict, ‘ideology should be met with ideology’. The lesson of note is that where FORCE and CONCILIATION fight, ultimately FORCE suffers and CONCILIATION triumphs. Evolution, in a contemporary world, must trump Revolution; it is easier to destroy than to rebuild.
With regard to the Niger Delta expressionists, the Association did note that in an ironic twist the attendant struggle appeared to have fast-tracked the Nigerianization and Local Content initiatives within the Oil and Gas sectors. Efforts must be made to avoid a relapse of the conflict in the Niger Delta in future.
The interactive session was rounded off with, Dr Dorgu, PLAN Executive Chair (Managing Director JSD Value Consult) expressing confidence that Pipeline practitioners\professionals are seasoned and proficient in the 6 integrity pillars to assure integrity and structural functions of pipeline systems. The key challenge is the Social Case component: i.e. Social Engineering Social Contract Social Security Social Cohesion National Development and Growth.
The day’s activities closed with a brief speech by the Association’s National Publicity Secretary Sola Aloba (WEAFRI), and a closing speech by the Warri Planning Committee Chair, Eloho Amagada, in which he thanked the attendees for their time and contributions, the sponsors Don Mac Nig. Limited, Submar West Africa, Topline Limited and BG Technical, and gave special thanks to those who came from Lagos and Port Harcourt for the event.
The 16th Session was announced for Lagos in June 2013.
On behalf of Pipeline Professionals’ Association of Nigeria by:
- Dr. Joseph E. Dorgu (Executive Chairperson)(JSD Value Consult)
- MacDonald Amadin (Chairperson, Warri Chapter)(Don Mac Nig. Limited)
- Eloho Amagada (Chairperson, Warri Planning Committee)(DSV Pipetronix)
- Emeka Ogbannu (Secretary, Lagos Chapter)(Geopell Nig. Limited)
- Olusola Aloba (National Publicity Secretary)(WEAFRI Well Services)
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