By Chinenye Festus:-
In a statement released on Wednesday by the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division (NNPC), Kennie Obateru confirmed that seven people have died after an explosion at an ‘Oil Mining Lease 40’ operated by the Nigerian Petroleum Company( NPDC).
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 7 fatalities,” the statement 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.
He said all personnel on board the platform have been fully accounted for and commiserated with the families of the bereaved, praying God to grant them the “fortitude to bear the irreparable loss of their loved ones.”
Obateru said the NNPC has started an investigation into the cause of the incident and the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has been informed about it.