Felix Ekundayo Sheds Light on Safety for Gas Generators

Felix Ekundayo, Managing Director, Asiko Energy Holdings, in an interview with Nairametrics, addressed safety concerns associated with using gas generators. Since the announcement by the Federal Government to halt fuel subsidy, there has been a sharp increase in the price of petrol across Nigeria, triggering a widespread search for fuel alternatives.

Here are some of the key takeaways from the interview with Felix Ekundayo, who is also the President of Nigeria Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association (NLPGA).

  1. LPG is a safe and cleaner fuel alternative to petrol for powering generators. He emphasized the safety of using LPG for generators and encouraged Nigerians to consider this option as an alternative.
  2. Perceived risks associated with using LPG for generators are more related to human handling rather than the fuel itself. Proper handling, similar to LPG used for cooking, ensures safe usage. He also stressed the importance of seeking qualified technicians for conversions and alterations to generators.
  3. While compressed natural gas (CNG) has potential safety advantages, it is not practical for home and small portable generators due to infrastructure limitations. LPG has an established distribution network and is widely available, making it a more suitable choice for these applications.
  4. Preventing gas leaks requires the use of appropriate accessories such as regulators, hoses, valves, cylinders, and clips. Regular checks and replacement of hoses every 2-3 years are necessary. Safety measures used for cooking with gas at home should be maintained for using gas in generators and other appliances.
  5. Gas cylinders/canisters should be changed every 15 years and recertified every five years to ensure safety.

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