7 people have been killed in an explosion at the Gbetiokun oilfield in southern Nigeria’s Niger Delta area throughout the installation of a ladder on a system, the condition oil company mentioned on Wednesday.
“Detailed investigation of the result in of the explosion has commenced, although the Office of Petroleum Assets has been duly notified,” the Nigerian Countrywide Petroleum Corporation explained in a assertion about the incident which occurred on Tuesday.
It additional that “all staff on board the platform” experienced been accounted for.
Though Tuesday’s incident was because of to an operational factor, pipeline and tanker truck explosions are widespread in Nigeria, the biggest oil producer on the continent, with about two million barrels for every day.
Pipelines in the area are exposed and usually unguarded, creating them simple targets for any individual with accessibility to explosives.
International oil companies have ever more focused on offshore tasks in Nigeria, partly to offset the chance to onshore operations in the Niger Delta.
The hottest accident happened at OML 40, operated by a subsidiary of point out-owned oil firm NPDC and the Elcrest joint undertaking. NPDC did not say whether or not production was influenced.
Nigeria is battling the impact of reduced crude oil price ranges on federal government revenues and its currency soon after the coronavirus pandemic crashed need for supply.
Reuters news agency