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NUPENG Reveals Cause of Explosion at Ladipo Market

INSIDEMAINLAND – The union of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas (NUPENG) Lagos Branch and, Liquefied Petroleum Gas Retailers has said that the explosion that happened at  Ojekunle Street,   Papa  Ajao,  Mushin on Tuesday,  November 16, 2021,  was an Acetylene gas explosion and not in any way related to  Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) or cooking gas.

The explosion was reported to have killed four persons including a 10-year-old boy while some bodies have yet to be identified. 

The union in a statement signed by its national secretary, Olukayode Solomon, noted that the outlet in which the explosion occurred was specifically an acetylene gas outlet.

Acetylene gas is an industrial gas that is mostly used for welding, cutting and other forms of industrial work. 

Acetylene gas is often sold alongside oxygen gas which is equally an industrial gas The explosions of these industrial gasses often cause wide-scale destruction s   ruler to military bombs, unlike  LPG  explosion which often causes inferno. Note that damage arising from  LPG   explosion usually comes as a  result of the spread of its inferno based on the level of gas leakage and spread.   On the contrary, industrial gasses such as acetylene and oxygen usually pull down structures around the scene of the explosion because of the high pressure of the industrial gasses as well as the very heavyweight of the industrial gas cylinders.

“Also,  acetylene and oxygen gasses do not use the same  cylinders used for  LPG as explained by the type of cylinders that littered around the scene of the explosion yesterday. It is equally important to note that acetylene and oxygen gasses are not derived from the same sources as  LPG.   They also are not regulated by the same agency that regulates  LPG.   LPG   is derived from  Petroleum and  Natural gas and is regulated by the former    Department of   Petroleum    Resources   (DPR)    now replaced with the Nigerian Midstream and   Downstream Petroleum Regulatory   Authority.

These clarifications have become necessary to forestall further misrepresentation of facts whenever an explosion relating to gas occurs. We equally use this opportunity to implore   Journalists and the media as a  whole to always seek clarifications before publication. This is because this particular misrepresentation has been a  regular occurrence in recent times.

He also added that acetylene gas,   oxygen gas and the other related gasses is presently located within the federal ministry in charge of industry’s regulation. 

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