NNPC fire explosion in Delta State on Friday August 30, 2019

By Ovie Okpare

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has finally reacted to WARRI TODAY’s report of a rupture pipeline along the Abura Crude Trunkline at Otu-Jeremi in Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State on Friday.

WARRI TODAY had earlier broken the news of the incident which caused tension and sparking fears among residents of the community as well as traders at the weekly Otu-Jeremi market.

Reacting to the incident, the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Mr Mele Kyari, said the ruptured pipeline was already being fixed by the corporation’s team of engineers.

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Kyari, however, dismissed some media reports which sensationalized after picking the report from this medium claiming that the pipeline went in flames after the explosion.

Speaking in Benin, Edo State, shortly after seeing off the 2019 NNPC Upstream Golf Tournament, NNPC GMD said there was no cause for alarm, adding that the incident was a mere rupture which is already being attended to.

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According to him, “It was not an explosion. It was a rupture on one of our pipelines.

“Our team of engineers has since moved to the site. In three days, we should be able to fix it. We have since contained the spill coming out of that pipeline. There was no fire anywhere in the pipeline. So there is no cause for alarm.”

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Kyari, however, assured that the incident would not affect power supply in the country.

He urged host communities within the area to disregard the rumour and go about their normal activities.


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