Using compressed natural gas for generators; safe

The President of the Nigeria Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association (NLPGA), Felix Ekundayo, has emphasized the safety of using gas for generators.

During a chat recently, he explained that LPG (liquefied petroleum gas), commonly known as cooking gas, is similar to other fuels we use regularly. As experts suggest LPG as an alternative to petrol for powering generators, Ekundayo highlighted that LPG is a cleaner fuel compared to petrol, which is a fossil fuel.

Despite the benefits, concerns have been raised by some users regarding the safety of using LPG to power generators, regardless of their size.

To address these concerns, Journalists sought input from Mr. Ekundayo regarding the implications of using gas for generators. He emphasized the safety of the practice and encouraged Nigerians to consider it.  In the past, according to him, Nigeria relied heavily on subsidized petrol due to its cost-effectiveness, resulting in limited adoption of using LPG (liquefied petroleum gas). 

However, with the recent removal of subsidies, he believes that it is now viable for Nigerians to explore the option of switching to gas-powered generators. Expanding on the subject, Ekundayo highlighted that using gas for generators is a safe and viable option, encouraging Nigerians to explore this alternative for more efficient and cleaner power generation.

Perceived risks

Mr. Ekundayo addressed the perceived risk associated with using LPG for generators, emphasizing that it is more of a human handling issue rather than a problem with the fuel itself. He stated that LPG, when handled properly, is as safe to use as petrol.

In his explanation, he compared the handling of LPG for generators to its use in homes for cooking and kitchen tasks, highlighting that there is no difference. 

As more people are already using LPG for cooking, the transition to using it for generators poses no issue, he declared.

Furthermore, Mr. Ekundayo discussed the process of switching between petrol and gas in generators. He mentioned that the change in the generator carburetor can facilitate this switch. 


According to him, some individuals may choose to retain the carburetor and add a converter, enabling the generator to run on both fuels. Others may opt to use gas directly, he noted as an option. He stressed the importance of making alterations to generators in a safe and approved manner.  He strongly implored that: “Qualified technicians should be sought to perform these conversions, rather than relying on just anyone.”

Overall, Mr. Ekundayo reassured that using LPG for generators can be a safe and viable choice.  He called for proper handling and seeking professional expertise as crucial for a smooth transition and safe operation.

Preventing gas leaks

Mr. Ekundayo highlighted that the prevention of gas leaks can be achieved by ensuring the use of appropriate accessories.  These accessories encompass regulators, hoses (which should undergo regular checks and replacement every 2-3 years), valves, cylinders, and clips used to secure the gas until it is ready to be ignited.

In emphasizing the importance of safety, Mr. Ekundayo states that the same level of safety measures employed for cooking with gas at home should also be maintained for using gas in generators and other appliances. 

Furthermore, he points out that gas-fired appliances, such as those used for washing machines and dryers in laundry services, follow similar safety practices. The statement made by Mr. Ekundayo underlines the need for proper equipment and adherence to safety protocols to prevent gas leaks and ensure the safe use of gas in various applications.  It emphasizes the parallels between safety practices in cooking and other gas-powered activities.

According to Mr. Ekundayo, gas cylinders/canisters should be changed every 15 years, but recertified every five years.

Felix Ekundayo, president of the Nigeria Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association (NLPGA)

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