The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has confirmed an explosion at Oil Mining Lease (OML) 40 operated by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), an upstream subsidiary of the corporation.
A press release by the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Kennie Obateru on Tuesday stated that the explosion occurred while carrying out production evacuation at Gbetiokun early production facility (EPF).
The corporation said there were no fatalities or injuries and no significant spill during the incident.
“There was, however, significant damage to the marine storage vessel, MT Harcourt, which will impact production by about 10,000barrels of oil per day.
“NNPC has since commenced investigation to ascertain the cause of the incident with a view to averting future occurrence,” the statement read.
The corporation further said it has commenced investigation to ascertain the cause of the incident with a view to avert future occurrence.