Explosion at Gbetiokun, OML 40, operated by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), has led to the death of seven persons, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has revealed.
NNPC in a statement in Abuja said the accident occurred on Tuesday at the facility operated by its upstream subsidiary NPDC on behalf of the NPDC/Elcrest Joint Venture.
NNPC Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Dr. Kennie Obateru explained that incident occurred “during the installation of a ladder on a platform (Benin River Valve Station) for access during discharging of Gbetiokun production, unfortunately caused 7 fatalities”.
He stated that detailed investigation of the cause of the explosion has commenced, while the Department of Petroleum Resources has been duly notified and Form 41 was being prepared for the Industry regulator as required in circumstances of this nature.
“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 Corporation added.
The release stated that all personnel on board the platform had been fully accounted for.
Obateru also stated that NNPC Group Managing Director, Mallam Mele Kyari, has commiserated with the families of the bereaved.