The Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has reported that an explosion incident which occurred at Gbetiokun, Oil Mining Lease (OML 40), operated by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), its subsidiary has caused 7 deaths.
The corporation disclosed this in a statement signed by its spokesman Dr Kennie Obateru, in Abuja on Wednesday.
He said the incident, occurred on Tuesday during the installation of a ladder on a platform (Benin River Valve Station) for access during discharging of Gbetiokun production.
He said the investigation on the cause of the incident has begun while the Department of Petroleum Resources had been duly notified and Form 41 was being prepared for the industry regulator as required in circumstances of this nature.
He said, “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 added that all personnels involved are been accounted for.
He also said that, “NNPC Group Managing Director, Mallam Mele Kyari, commiserates with the families of the bereaved, praying that God grants them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss of their loved ones.”