Explosion kills seven at NNPC facility

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Seven workers died on Tuesday as explosion rocked an Oil Mining Lease 40 operated by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company.

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation announced this on Wednesday.

NPDC is a subsidiary of NNPC.

The explosion was said to have occurred at the petroleum company’s Benin River Valve Station.

The Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, NNPC, Kennie Obateru, said the BRVS explosion happened at Gbetiokun, OML 40, operated by NPDC.

He announced this in a statement issued in Abuja entitled, “NNPC Reports Explosion at NPDC’s Benin River Valve Station.”

Obateru said, “The incident, which occurred on Tuesday during the installation of a ladder on a platform (Benin River Valve Station) for access during discharging of Gbetiokun production, unfortunately caused seven fatalities.”

He said comprehensive investigation of the cause of the explosion had commenced.

He said the NNPC had notified the Department of Petroleum Resource and Form 41 was being prepared for the industry regulator as required concerning the tragic incident.

The statement further indicated that corpses of the victims had been deposited in a morgue in Sapele, “while their families are being contacted by their employers,” NNPC stated in its statement.

Obateru added that the employers of the victims,Weld Affairs and Flow Impact, were consultants to NPDC.

He said all personnel on board the platform had been fully accounted for.

Also, the Group Managing Director, Mele Kyari, had commiserated with the families of the bereaved, praying God grant them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss of their loved ones.

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