Lagos Residents Assured of No Fire Outbreak Resulting from Oil Leakage, by Adedayo Osho, 3rd of July, 2020
Panic which gripped residents of some communities in Alimosho Local Government of Lagos State recently has been allayed by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
The attention of the Corporation was drawn to a leakage at a point in the Aboru Canal in the early hours of Thursday July 2nd, 2020, an action which prompted the Lagos State Fire & Rescue Service to immediately deploy its officials and equipment from nearby Abesan Fire Station to the location to prevent a fire outbreak.
Reacting to the development, NNPC Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Dr. Kennie Obateru, doused public tension by calling on members of the public to discountenance reports of a possible fire outbreak from a vandalized point on its pipeline. He assured "there is no such hazard, as the burst pipe in question has since been shutdown for repair and presently contains only water."
With Obateru's assurance, members of the public are guaranteed the possibility of fire erupting from the leakage point is near zero.
Burst pipes, pipeline vandalism and related attacks on oil facilities in the past have resulted in human and material casualties. On December 18, 2018, at 8:15 PM, there was a fire outbreak at Iso Pako, Awori, Abule-Egba area, within same Alimosho Local Government of Lagos State. The fire emanated from NNPC pipeline that was deliberately ruptured by vandals in their bid to siphon Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) from the broken pipe. It was huge ball of fire that consumed up to 100 houses, including 77 vehicles worth several millions of naira.
NNPC said the Atlas Cove-Mosimi stretch of the System 2B Pipeline, a project conveying oil through Ogun to the port in Lagos was closed on June 25, 2020, to enable comprehensive maintenance of some segments of the pipeline.
The project, already in its last stage of completion involves hydro-testing - a process of pumping of water through the entire pipeline for integrity test and leak detection - to ascertain availability and effectiveness of the pipeline for pumping oil products.
Adedayo Osho reporting for Oil and Gas Goodness