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Oil facility blast kills seven in Nigeria

09 July 2020

An explosion at the Gbetiokun oil field in Nigeria’s Niger Delta killed seven people on July 7. The blast happened while workers were installing a ladder on a platform, the state-owned Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said.

Niger Delta - Image: NASA
Niger Delta - Image: NASA

In a statement, the NNPC said that the incident happened at OML40 which is operated by a subsidiary of the oil company. An investigation has been opened to find the cause of the explosion while the Department of Petroleum Resources has been notified.
The NNPC added that all personnel who were working in the area at the time of the explosion have been accounted for. 
Incidents in Nigeria are not uncommon due to the country’s exposed and often unguarded pipelines. Easy access to the pipelines has resulted in several incidents where attacks or illegal siphoning has caused fatal explosions. Poor road surfaces have also seen several accidents involving fuel trucks crashing and exploding, causing a high number of fatalities and injuries.
Nigeria is Africa’s largest crude oil producer and lost around $42bn to crude oil theft between 2009-2019.

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