SEVEN KILLED IN EXPLOSION ON NNPC FACILITY

SEVEN KILLED IN EXPLOSION ON NNPC FACILITY

Seven workers have died in an explosion at Gbetiokun, Oil Mining Lease, OML 40, operated by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), in Delta State.

This was disclosed on Wednesday by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in a statement by its spokesperson, Kennie Obateru.

NPDC is the flagship subsidiary of NNPC.

The incident occurred during the installation of ladder on a platform (Benin River Valve Station) for access during discharging of Gbetiokun production.

The bodies of casualties have been deposited in a morgue in Sapele, while families of the personnel involved are being contacted by their employers: Weld Affairs and Flow Impact, which are consultants to NPDC.

The release stated that all personnel on board had been fully accounted for adding that detailed investigation of the cause of the explosion has commenced.

It also noted that the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has been duly notified and Form 41 was being prepared for the Industry regulator as required in circumstances of this nature.

NNPC Group Managing Director Mallam Mele Kyari, in the statement sympathised with the families of the bereaved.