Investigations are underway to determine the cause of a fire and suspected explosion that occurred in the Niger Delta, within the vicinity of Nembe Creek Well 7, behind Mile 1 Community in Bayelsa State, Nigeria on March 2nd, 2019.
Globally-focused Nigerian energy company, Aiteo, which operates in the area, said in a statement this week that the probe seeks to determine, in particular, whether “this may have been caused by third-party infractions”.
“These investigations are being pursed with the utmost urgency and are have been given the highest priority,” the Management of Aiteo Eastern Exploration and Production Co said in a recent announcement.
“Despite initial challenges, our operations team were able to access the well head area when the fire had completely died down on early hours of 2nd March,” the Management continued.
Aiteo noted that preliminary investigations confirmed that there were no fatalities, human incidents or damage to community property.
All the wells and facilities in the immediate vicinity have been inspected and secured. The firm stated that the incident did not occur at or involve any part of the 97-kilometre pipeline, Nembe Creek Trunk Line (NCTL) or other pipelines.
“It is important to note that prior to this incident, all facilities have been shut down since 28 of February 2019 due to NCTL outage. Accordingly, any account suggesting that this incident arose from or affected any pipelines is wholly inaccurate and misleading,” Aiteo said in its statement.
The company added that its representatives are continuing to work with all the relevant authorities to restore full functionality to all the relevant installations and affected areas.
“In the time being, we express our gratitude to all our stakeholders for your continuing support and understanding whilst urging calm and vigilance,” Aiteo said.