An explosion has been reported at the Gbetiokun, OML 40, operated by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), on behalf of the NPDC/Elcrest Joint Venture.
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on Tuesday stated that the fire incident occurred during the installation of a ladder on a platform (Benin River Valve Station) for access during discharging of Gbetiokun production.
The Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of NNPC, Dr Kennie Obateru, said that the unfortunate incident caused 7 fatalities.
The bodies of casualties have been deposited in a morgue in Sapele, while families of the personnel involved are being contacted by their employers: Weld Affairs and Flow Impact, which are consultants to NPDC.
NNPC further stated that all personnel on board the platform had been fully accounted for.
The NNPC Group Managing Director, Mallam Mele Kyari, in the statement commiserated with the families of the bereaved, praying that God grants them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss of their loved ones.