Bodies of explosion victims at NNPC facility deposited in Sapele Morgue

Bodies of explosion victims at NNPC facility deposited in Sapele Morgue

The bodies of casualties of explosion incident that occurred at Gbetiokun, OML 40, operated by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, NPDC, on behalf of the NPDC/Elcrest Joint Venture, have been deposited in a morgue in Sapele, while families of the personnel involved are being contacted by their employers

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, had reported that the incident occurred on Tuesday during the installation of a ladder on a platform (Benin River Valve Station) for access during discharging of Gbetiokun production, unfortunately, the incident caused seven fatalities.

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According to a statement released by the NNPC Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Kennie Obateru, detailed investigation of the cause of the explosion has commenced, while the Department of Petroleum Resources has been duly notified and Form 41 was being prepared for the industry regulator as required in circumstances of this nature.

The NNPC Group Managing Director, 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.

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The statement added that all personnel on board the platform had been fully accounted for.

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