NSCDC commences investigation into the explosion at Agip’s oil export terminal

Posted by News Express | 14 February 2020 | 690 times

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The Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) said Thursday that it has started investigating the cause of the Monday, February 10, 2020 explosion that disrupted oil export from the Brass Oil Terminal off Bayelsa coastline.

A pipeline explosion on a line feeding the oil export facility operated by Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) compelled the firm to shut down the facility.

The facility, according to Eni the Itallian parent company of NAOC, has capacity to handle exports of 90,000 barrels of crude per day.

Mrs Christina Abiakam-Omanu, Bayelsa Commandant of NSCDC who confirmed the development in a telephone interview on Thursday, said the incident site has been cordoned off, adding that the oil leak that followed the explosion has been contained.

“The explosion incident and resulting pollution is already being investigated and we are already interrogating some suspects in our custody to unravel the cause and their involvement,” he said.

In a statement issued by one of its spokespersons, Eni said it shut the line to effect repairs.

The oil firm however noted that the incident did not have any substantial impact on the 90,000 barrels per day crude export terminal.

“The line is an intra-field one in a minor field, therefore impact on production is minimal.

The flow on the line has been immediately halted and preparations for repair are underway. Brass export line is active,” Eni stated.

Source: News Express

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