Meanwhile, the NNPC yesterday disclosed that it’s the subsidiary upstream company, the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company Limited (NPDC), reported a fire incident on one of its oil blocks – Oil Mining Lease (OML) 20 at Egbema-West of Imo state.

It explained in a statement by Makoji that the fire outbreak was discovered on October 7, but did not disclose what level of loss it has caused Nigeria in terms of shut-in of oil production from the asset and revenue from therein.

The statement quoted the Managing Director of NPDC, Mr. Mansur Sambo, to have stated that preliminary investigation on the incident revealed that a spark that ignited the fire during bunkering activity by vandals might have caused the incident.

According to Sambo, the fire outbreak occurred in the oil block’s ‘Well–18T’ which is located within the flooded part of the Abacheke community.

It noted that further reports released by the Community Liaison Officer in charge of the Abacheke community indicated that no fatality was recorded.

NPDC said appropriate action to minimize the impact of the fire and ensure the safety of the community had been taken, adding that following successful aerial surveillance carried out on October 9, it was mobilizing and employing the services of a reputable safety consultant to completely put out the fire.

The upstream oil company, however, advised members of the Abacheke community and its environs to avoid the affected area and stay calm. It equally promised to update the general public on the incident.

Ref – Thisday newspaper

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