The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has disclosed that investigation has commenced over the explosion which rocked one of its facilities in Delta State that killed no fewer than seven workers yesterday.
It said that the explosion incident occurred at Gbetiokun, OML 40, operated by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), on behalf of the NPDC/Elcrest Joint Venture.
NNPC Group Managing Director, Mallam Mele Kyari, said the facility exploded on Tuesday night during the installation of a ladder on a platform (Benin River Valve Station) as part of the corporation’s effort towards ensuring easy access during discharging of Gbetiokun production.
Kyari, through a statement released on Wednesday by NNPC Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Dr. Kennie Obateru, said that he had ordered a detailed investigation into the incident to unravel the mystery behind the explosion.
He added that following his directive for detailed investigation, the corporation had also informed the Department of Petroleum Resources and that Form 41 was being prepared for the industry regulator as required in such circumstances.
“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,” he said.
Kyari, while clarifying that all personnel on board the platform had been fully accounted for, commiserated with the families of the bereaved, praying that God grants them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss of their loved ones.