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Explosion rocks NNPC base station, kills seven



AN explosion on Oil Mining Lease 40, operated by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) in Benin River has killed seven workers, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation announced yesterday.

  The explosion occurred at the petroleum company’s Benin River Valve Station.

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

  He disclosed this in a statement issued in Abuja entitled ‘NNPC Reports Explosion at NPDC’s Benin River Valve Station,  stating  that the incident, which occurred 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 said a detailed investigation of the cause of the explosion had commenced.

  According to the release, 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.

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