Explosion kills seven in NNPC facility


By Usman Sulyman

An explosion that rocked the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company has killed seven workers, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) announced today.

The Ravens gathered that the NPDC is the flagship subsidiary of the NNPC.

The explosion occurred on Tuesday, 7, July, 2020 at the petroleum company’s Benin River Valve Station.

The Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, NNPC, Mr Kennie Obateru disclosed that the BRVS explosion happened at Gbetiokun, OML 40, operated by NPDC.

He made this revelation in a statement issued in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, entitled “NNPC Reports Explosion at NPDC’s Benin River Valve Station.”

According to the statement: “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 national oil firm also said a detailed investigation into the cause of the explosion had commenced.

It said 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.
“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 explained.


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