The board also requires applicants wishing import gas cylinders to compulsorily demonstrate to the NCDMB’s satisfaction that existing local capacity is fully realized in compliance with the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development (NOGICD) Act 2010.
The new rule comes in the wake of growing importation of domestic cooking gas cylinders, a situation that contravenes provisions of the NOGICD Act 2010 as well as jeopardize the target for local manufacture of five million gas cylinders by 2015.
In a public notice signed by the Executive Secretary of the board, Eng Ernest Nwapa, the NCDMB warned that failure to obtain its approval prior to importation will attract relevant sanctions including withdrawal of licenses, permits and authorizations.
“NCDMB will use the influence with other government agencies to cause the withdrawal of statutory approvals granted to such defaulters.” the notice read.
The board said it will this month convene a stakeholder meeting in Port Harcourt to set the roadmap for developing local manufacturers of gas cylinders and other entrepreneurs involved in the value chain.