Lagos State Government Cautions Citizens on Risks of Converting Petrol Generators to LPG

The Lagos State Government has issued a warning to citizens regarding the risks associated with converting petrol generators to Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) generators, emphasizing the importance of caution and proper handling.

In light of the subsidy removal leading to an increase in petrol prices in the state and the country as a whole, the state government has advocated for the safe conversion of petrol for domestic use.

The Director-General of Lagos State Safety Commission, Lanre Mojola, stated in a press release that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration is committed to ensuring the safety of residents and their properties in the state.

Mojola highlighted that while using alternative fuels such as LPG or Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) to power generators and plants offers several benefits, it also presents associated challenges that need to be carefully managed to prevent any untoward incidents.

He explained that one primary advantage of using CNG and LPG is their generally lower cost compared to petrol, providing potential long-term cost savings. Additionally, these fuels are cleaner and have less air pollution compared to petrol and diesel.

The statement from the Lagos State Government serves as a reminder for citizens to exercise caution when converting petrol generators to LPG, emphasizing the need for proper handling and adherence to safety protocols. The government’s focus on safety underscores its commitment to protecting the lives and well-being of residents in the state.

He said, “Natural Gas and LPG are often more abundant and domestically sourced in certain regions compared to petrol. This can provide greater fuel availability and independence from fluctuations in petrol prices or supply disruptions.

“CNG and LPG combustion produces less noise compared to petrol. This results in quieter generator operation, which can be beneficial for residential use and minimize noise pollution.’’

Mojola, however, listed the hazards and risks inherent in the conversion to the use of LPG-powered generators at homes and offices including – Spark or heat from the generator which can cause a fire outbreak; An explosion which could occur if the generator house is not properly ventilated; LPG has potential for explosions if not properly handled and the risk of gas cylinders falling and releasing its content if not placed on even flooring.

It also stated that the use of CNG should be discouraged for household generating sets, adding that the use of sub-standard, dilapidated, or expired cylinders substantially increases the risks of a gas explosion.

Also, speaking on the development, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Ms. Shola Shasore said that it is important to note that converting a petrol generator to use alternative and less expensive fuels may require modifications and the installation of appropriate conversion kits by qualified professionals.

Shasore said, “The general public is hereby advised to engage ONLY qualified technicians for this service. When in doubt, please contact the Lagos State Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources or Lagos State Safety Commission for guidance on professional vendors and installation as well as appropriate safety guidelines.’’

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