July 23, 2024
Production of 22,000 bpd suspended as Nigeria records FPSO explosion
– By Godswill Odiong

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By Eyo Nsima

The production of about 22,000 barrels of oil per day, has been suspended because of the Floating Production, Storage and Offloading, FPSO, explosion, which occurred in Ukpokiti Terminal, Delta State.

The facility, known as FPSO Trinity Spirit, belonging to Shebah Exploration & Production Company Ltd (SEPCOL), exploded and sank on February 2, 2022.

In a statement obtained by The Daily, chief executive officer, SEPCOL, Ikemefuna Okafor, stated: “The Management of Shebah Exploration & Production Company Ltd (SEPCOL) in RECEIVERSHIP hereby announce the unfortunate incident of a fire that engulfed our offshore facility, the FPSO Trinity Spirit located at the Ukpokiti Terminal, following an explosion during the early hours of Wednesday, 2nd of February 2022.

“The cause of the explosion is currently being investigated and we are working with necessary parties to contain the situation.

“At this time, there are no reported fatalities, but we can confirm that there were ten crewmen onboard the vessel prior to the incident and we are prioritising investigations with respect to their safety and security.

“We appreciate the assistance provided us by the Clean Nigeria Associates, the Chevron team operating in the nearby Escravos facility and our community stakeholders as well as fishermen, who have been of tremendous assistance since the incident happened.”

He added: “We have duly notified all relevant authorities and we appeal to the members of the public to stay away from the area while our Crisis Management Team continues to monitor the situation and update all stakeholders with new information as the investigation evolves.”

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