Tanks safety

  tanks, gas, safety  



Typical Properties

LPG is 50% heavier than air, tends to sink to the ground and can flow long distances along the ground and can collect in drains and gullies.  LPG is odorless and an odor called Mecarptan is added to detect leaks. When mixed with air, can burn or explode when it meets a source of ignition. Latent heat of vaporization is needed to convert the liquid to gas. As the liquid boils, it needs to take heat energy from itself and its surroundings which makes containers cold to touch and incase of a huge gas emission, frost may appears. LPG pressure increases with temperature, as such if the temperature around the tank increases, the pressure inside the tank increases as the liquid expands.

You can feel safe with our LPG as the most thorough precautions are taken to ensure your safety. All you have to do is to handle it correctly whilst adhering to the simple instructions provided.


LPG storage and supply

LPG for domestic uses is provided in cylinders of varying sizes, whereas gas for industrial use is provided in bulk storage tanks which can be located above the ground or underground. The position of the tank in this case is very important because the tanker delivering gas must always be parked in a safe position.  The storage tank needs to be set a distance away from the building, in an aerated place. Installations of these tanks should only be carried out by engineers approved by Total Nigeria Plc, after which Total will fill the tank with gas and then make arrangements for top up deliveries.  Feel free to contact us for anything on LPG tanks, health and safety.
vIncase of Gas leaks inside a building
  • 1 Switch off the emergency valve on the outside wall of the building. Extinguish all naked flames immediately.
  • 2 Do not operate any electrical equipment and be aware of any equipment which may switch on or off automatically.
  • 3 Open all doors and windows to ventilate the building.
  • 4 Contact your installer or the engineer who maintains your appliances.
  • 5 Incase of Gas leaks outside the building
  • 6 Turn off the gas at the main shut off valve under the tank hood.
  • 7 Extinguish all naked flames immediately.
  • 8 Contact Total Nigeria Plc immediately

Incase of a Major Leak of Fire

  • Call the fire brigade on 911 ; advise them it is a leak or fire involving LPG.
  • 2 For a leak or a fire indoors get everyone out of the premises. For a leak or a fire outdoors, evacuate all persons from the area.

In Total Nigeria Plc, the safety of our stake holders (customers, neighbors, contractors and staff ) is paramount. Similar concern is given to health and environmental issues associated with our business 



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