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Chimons Gas Ltd:Offering Cooking Gas to Home/Industrial Users
Nov 05 2010

 OFFERING COOKING GAS TO HOME /INDUSTRIAL USERS

Chimons Gas Limited is an indigenous Oil and Gas company incorporated in 1994, mainly in the business of Sales and Distribution of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG, otherwise know as cooking gas), LPG equipments and its accessories. Chimons is run by a young management team with a combined Oil & Gas experience spanning over 40 years and is being headed by Engr. Chibuike Achigbu, a Harvard Business School graduate as the Chief Executive Officer. In 2009, Chimons sold more than 11,000 Metric tonnes into the Nigerian market, taking 13% of the Market share. Our customer base comprises of individual users, retailers, plant owners, and industrial users from all parts of Nigeria.
 
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 The success of Chimons is as a result of 3 main values, namely;
 
·                     Satisfaction of our Customers
 
·                     The integrity & Customer centricity of our People
 
·                     The Quality of our Products
 
Chimons Gas Ltd is one of the companies selected in 2007 by the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) to handle the domestic distribution of LPG within the Nigerian domestic market. A 5400MT capacity LPG terminal construction is ongoing at Koko, Delta state, a location chosen for its strategic proximity to the East, South and North. Chimons has four (4) LPG bottling plants spread strategically across the country and is in the process of constructing an additional eleven (11) LPG re-filling plants to meet her customer growing needs. Our Lagos plant is located at; Alakija, Navy town Road, Satellite Town with a filling capacity of 1500 cylinders daily.
 
Some Safety tips for cooking gas use in the Home.
 
Ensure LPG cylinder is kept uprightEnsure the LPG cylinder not in use is located in a safe place way from the cooking zone and away from heat radiation.
Ensure gas control of cooking appliance is turned off before turning on the regulator of the cylinder.
After cooking, ensure both cooking appliance control valve and regulator at the cylinder is turned off.
Ensure lighter or match-stick is turn on before the cooking appliance’ gas control knob is turned on.
Ensure cooking is done in a well ventilated area and pathways clear, in case of a need for an emergency exit, also ensure the floor is not slippery.
If you smell or suspect a gas leakage, do not panic, turn of the LPG cylinder regulator, take cylinder outside, put off all electrical appliances, and open all windows and doors to disperse the gas.
The LPG cylinder and its accessories must be certified by relevant agencies or regulatory bodies before being purchased.
Genuine parts must be used to replace damaged ones
Users are to clean and maintain the gas appliances regularly to avoid accumulation of stains and waste from food.
 
Price Regime
 
Our prices are very competitive and we are always working towards making LPG affordable in Nigeria.
 
Since the intervention of NLNG into the Nigerian domestic LPG market, prices have gone down from N5000.00 per 12.5kg to an average of N2500.00, at the retail level i.e. final consumer price. Currently prices cooking gas of 12.5kg is on a year high as LPG in Nigeria follows the global trend, which has prices highest during Winter. We are currently selling at about N2, 200.00 retail at the plant; discount is given to retailers or bulk buyers.
 
 Quality Service
 
Customer centricity is at the core of our value system. So our service to our customers is of great importance, hence at all time we ensure they are safe while in our plant premises and also ensure their cylinders are filled to capacity. Specialised scales are used during filling of cylinders. In Chimons we do not under-fill and ensure safety at all times. Accessories like cylinders, valves, regulators are available for necessary replacements when required. Our Attendants (Gas fillers) are well trained on safety of LPG and offer free advice to customers on how best to use LPG safely and without wastage.
 
 Our Customer Care Service:
 
 The customer care line is available for customers; this is an avenue where customers can reach us notifying us about their complaints and enquiries which are promptly handled by our experts. We can be reached on 018789320 from 8am – 6pm; Monday to Friday or 24hours on 08033013622 or 08033370078.
 
 LPG Advantages.
 
 LPG is a dependable fuel and is being used to meet various needs e.g. cooking, source of heat for metal and glass works, Autogas for vehicles and machineries for heavy lifting, Power generation, to mention a few. LPG is non-toxic and burns completely, giving it a ‘Clean fuel’ status, hence it’s good for the environment because it produces none or very little Green House Gases (GHG). It has the following advantages;
 
As a cooking fuel it is cheaper, cleaner, safer and healthier than other fuels (Firewood, Kerosene, Animal dung,). Even at deregulated prices of LPG it is cheaper, very available and better for the environment’s vegetation and atmosphere.
 
As a fuel for vehicles, it is cheaper than deregulated Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), safer and of course will save the country millions of dollars when embraced fully, like we have in Ghana.
 
The health advantages with LPG usage due to its low carbon emission is enormous; Women and children’s lives would be safe from diseases (Asthma, Lungs diseases, cancer, Blindness, low-birth weight, Tuberculosis) caused by indoor smoke which is gotten from Firewood, Kerosene and Animal dung.
 
Hence, LPG usage among our women will help us achieve an item of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
 
The Social Economic advantage with the use of LPG stems from the fact the following; Women and Children who spend time in the bush fetching Firewood and endless wait for expensive Kerosene are saved the time, which can be harnessed in gainful economic/academic activities. The vegetation becomes richer as trees are spared from cutting, leading to improved checks on Flooding which can wipe of agricultural produce and even homes. Money saved stoppage of PMS and kerosene subsidy can be channelled into infrastructures like Roads, housing, Portable water, Power etc., which will lead to improved standard of living and higher purchasing power of the citizenry.
 
LPG usage in Nigeria in comparison with other countries:
 
Guadong Province, China - Historically a poor province remote from the rest of China with a population of 120 million. Their LPG annual consumption rose from 413000 tonnes in 1991 to 6 million tonnes in 2007. Today Guadong is China’s leading industrial province. This growth in LPG consumption was as a result of Investments in primary and secondary terminals and also in LPG bottling plants and cylinders. The Government stimulated demand by investing in LPG cylinders and giving it free of charge to her citizens in exchange for their Kerosene stoves.
 
Algeria – A North African country of about 33 million in population. Consuming about 1.9 million tonnes per annum in 2007 (WLPGA). The LPG is subsidized by the Government and price is regulated. 79% of her consumption is domestic (cooking), 18% is Autogas which is increasing by the day and 5% is industry.
 
Egypt – Another North African country of about 80 million in population and consuming about 4 million tonnes annually (largest demand in Africa). Consumption is almost entirely domestic and industrial. About 70% of LPG production is sourced from Gas processing plants. LPG is subsidized by the government and price is regulated. Demand has surpassed local supply since 1990 and LPG is imported to meet local demand.
 
Morocco – A North African country of  about 34 million in population and consuming more than 1.7 million tonnes annually. The LPG is subsidized and price regulated. Demand is primarily domestic and industrial. Only about 12% of demand is sourced locally.
 
Ghana – A West African country with about 19 million in population and consuming more than 100,000 tonnes per annum. LPG is subsidized and price is regulated. Gasoline sales is used to cross-subsidize LPG. The Refinery ( Tema Oil Refinery) was upgraded to increase its LPG production capacity. Financial incentive was given for distribution to areas of more than 200km from the refinery. Domestic demand was boosted through massive public awareness. The Ghanaian Autogas industry was encouraged by the government; the Autogas demand in the country continues to grow and has become a challenge for the refinery. The balance is being imported to meet local demand.
 
Senegal – A West African country with about 9.5 million in population and consuming more than 130,000 tonnes annually; this consumption is mainly domestic. The country has one Refinery; Societe AFricane de Raffinage (SAR), which has 9000 tonnes LPG production capacity per annum. The balance is imported to meet local demand. Measures taken to explode LPG usage in Senegal are as follows;
 
Provision of Gas cooker-stove model with 2.75kg capacity cylinders. The 6kg was also introduced for the averaged sized families.
All import duties were removed on the cylinder and cooker.
LPG was subsidized; the gas which was not subsidized was sold in larger 12.5kg and 38kg cylinders and in bulk.
There has been revision of subsidies and removals in the year 2000 which affected demand growth. The Government continues to switch between subsidising and taxing LPG depending largely on the world oil prices, to keep end user prices constant.
 
Conclusion
 
 As we approach the year 2020 in pursuit of the vision 20:2020, it is important to harness our abundant energy resource in the most effective way, thereby checking deforestation, reducing Green House Gas’ emissions, improving the health of women and children, alleviation of poverty. All these benefits are associated with the use of LPG. Savings from stoppage of subsidies on other competing fuels can be used for infrastructural developments, e.g. power, which is important to the production capacity of a country.
 
Recent development shows that, the World Bank has launched a global partnership aimed at helping countries include the costs of destroying nature into their national accounts. Ten nations will take part in the pilot phase, including India and Colombia. World Bank President Robert Zoellick said environmental destruction happens partly because governments do not account for the value of nature. The partnership was launched at the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) meeting in Nagoya, Japan...." [BBC News]
 
The Federal Government must be involved as seen in other countries with high LPG consumption. It is high time we take a bold step towards the growth of the LPG industry in Nigeria, leading to remarkable growth in socio-economic developments.
 
Chimons is committed to the growth of the LPG industry in Nigeria and is involved in lobbying NGOs, Governmental agencies and personalities in promoting the use of LPG. By our planned facilities and operations, we are well positioned to be the leading marketer and distributor of LPG and are working aggressively towards achieving significant growth in LPG usage in Nigeria.
 
 
Engr Chibuike Achigbu
CEO-
CHIMONS GAS LIMITED
Fortune Towers, 7th Floor
27/29 Adeyemo Alakija Street
VI-Lagos
www.chimons.com
enquiries@chimons.com
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

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