We are poised to build solar-powered filling stations in all 57 LCDAs in Lagos- Petrocam MD
By ‘Gbenga Bankole
The Managing Director of Petrocam Trading Nigeria Limited, Mr. Patrick Ilo has declared the intention of the company to build solar powered filling stations in all 57 Local Council Development Areas (LCDA) in Lagos.
Ilo disclosed this on Monday February 18, 2019 at the official opening of its ninth solar-powered filling station at Lagos-Badagry Expressway Way, Iyana Itire, Lagos. The station has five metric tonnes gas skid and six underground tanks with 60,000 litres capacity each, five tanks for Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) popularly know as petrol and one tank for Automated Gas Oil (AGO).
He noted that the company is determined to domicile and spot its brand which is highly unique in different parts of Nigeria.
According to him, Petrocam is determined to build 57 solar-powered filling stations in all LCDAs of Lagos so that in every local government people will see Petrocam providing quality service all encompassing a one-stop shop for PMS,LPG, Diesel, lubricants and all other accessory services.
Ilo noted that Petrocam is trying to pride itself in terms of giving value to retail distribution as nobody has done before in terms of ambiance,aesthetics, beauty, credibility, honesty and integrity.
While commenting on the downstream sub-sector of the Nigeria oil and gas industry, Ilo stated that: “downstream is a fantastic job because we are the closest to the customers. It is the last top of interaction with the customers and it is still the most delicate part of the sector in terms of contact with people and everybody know I am an advocate of the deregulation. For downstream investors to survive or for petroleum products to survive there has to be deregulation. Government has to create a open playing field for all stakeholders in the sector. It will be at the advantage of everybody because prices will differ from one place to another and services will be abound in terms of what people are able to give. The answer for the best quality in the sector is deregulation.
Also speaking at the official opening of the filling station, the Assistant Admin Manager, Petrocam Trading Nigeria Limited, Omolara Sunmola said that Petrocam is sure different from other filling stations from the way the station is built in terms of the operational aspect aesthetics, beauty and many more.
According to her, Petrocam currently has the highest solar-powered filling stations in Nigeria, if not in Africa.
“Currently, of all the ten outlets we have, it is just the first one that we don’t have it solar powered, the remaining stations are solar powered. We are special when it comes to aesthetics. Our filling stations are very beautifully planned. The canopies are space out most important because of the effect of the sun. We want to get a good angle to the sun. Aside the aesthetics which is the beauty, Petrocam also stand for customer loyalty. We try to give the best to our customers. We do not cheat our customers. We do not tamper with pump,” she stated.
Before its current drive to penetrate the local market, Petrocam’s major focus was importing refined petroleum products such as petrol, gasoil, kerosene, naphtha, lubricants and greases for the oil marketing companies in Nigeria.