SWITZERLAND, JULY 09 – No fewer than seven workers were confirmed dead after an explosion rocked a facility of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
The incident occurred on Tuesday at the Benin River Valve Station (BRVS), an oil mining lease operated by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), a subsidiary of NNPC.
Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, NNPC, Kennie Obateru, confirmed this in a statement titled “NNPC Reports Explosion at NPDC’s Benin River Valve Station in Abuja on Wednesday.
According to him, the BRVS explosion happened at Gbetiokun, OML 40, operated by the petroleum company during production discharge in the facility, and the remains of the deceased have been deposited in a morgue in Sapele.
“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.
“The bodies of casualties have been deposited in a morgue in Sapele, while families of the personnel involved are being contacted by their employers,” the statement read.
Obateru said that a detailed investigation of the cause of the explosion has commenced, while the department of petroleum resources (DPR) has been informed of the situation, and all protocols are being followed.
The employers were named as Weld Affairs and Flow Impact, adding that they were consultants to NPDC. NNPC said all personnel onboard the platform had been fully accounted for.
He added that Mele Kyari, the group managing director, has commiserated with the families of the deceased.