New Standards for Nigeria’s Oil and Gas Sector Underway Says SON

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Gilbert Ekugbe
The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has stated that it is planning to unveil about 35 new ISO standards for the nation’s oil and gas industry.

The Director General, SON, Farouk Salim, stated that the move was apt in keeping Nigeria abreast of global trends in its bid to remain competitive at the international market, noting that the oil and gas sector plays a significant role in Nigeria’s quest for foreign exchange

Salim who was represented by the Group Head Chemtech, SON, Mrs. Theresa Ojomo, at the batch B Technical Committee (TC) meeting for Corrosion Inhibition Standards at the SON Ogba laboratory complex, Lagos, also stated the need to harmonise practices in various sectors of the economy.

He added: “This Technical Committee meeting is for the adoption of 35 ISO Standards for Nigerian use and its benefits are enormous for the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry. A total of 35 standards were adopted and they include, ISO 3233-1 2019 part 1-3 paints and varnishes Determination of percentage volume of non-volatile matter, IS0 19097-1 2018 part 1 -2 Accelerated Life Test method of Mixed Metal Oxide Anode for Catholic Protection, ISO 13847: 2013 Petroleum and natural gas industries- pipelines transportation systems to name but a few.”

He added that the purpose of the TC meeting was to capture details on standard requirements for metal corrosion inhibition, enhance regulation, certification, and speedy service delivery in the sector, thereby adding value and generating revenue for the economy

The SON Boss acknowledged and appreciated the dedication of the Chairman, Vice-Chairman of the working group, the Nigerian Corrosion Association, and other stakeholders present at the meeting, stressing that all the standards adopted are expected to be forwarded for approval by the Nigeria Standard Council for the certification of professionals in the sector and by extension foster trade as well as strengthen the national capacity to benefit from trading in standard products under the African Continental Free Trade Area (AFCFTA)