It’s a lot riskier to move petroleum by truck instead of train

Stephen U.C, Petroleum news, Owerri

The recent fuel tanker explosion in Lagos has policymakers considering relative merits of moving oil by rail or truck transport, particularly against the backdrop of road accidents and deaths recorded during Lagos tanker explosion.

Managing Director of NRC, Engr. Fidet Okhiria called on petroleum marketers to consider movement of their products by rail, saying this remains the safest means of conveying the product which would also free the highways and minimize accidents by tankers.

The NRC had procured 40 pressurized tank wagons worth N1.2bn that can take 1.8 million litres of fuel per train. Okhiria said the NRC has already finalized agreement with a firm to move diesel from Lagos to Dagbolu, a town near Oshogbo, the state capital.

Petroleum newspapers is calling for a public debate about the trade-offs between rail and truck transportation as to determine which is safer with respect to preventing accidents and deaths.

Mr. Stephen of Petroleum news is of the opinion that trucking petroleum is far more dangerous even though trucks carry comparatively small loads compared to trains. The personal injuries from truck accidents are more diffuse than trains, it add up to more accumulated road accidents and deaths.

The simple fact is that as we produce more oil and move it from place to place, through road transportation, we’re going to see more truck laden explosions. We can take some steps to reduce that risk, but until we’re getting a lot more of our energy from less-volatile sources, maybe through train or pipelines, we can’t make that risk disappear.

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