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Nigeria’s oil production facility explodes in Warri with 10 crew members on board

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An explosion has rocked an oil production vessel owned by Nigeria’s Shebah Exploration & Production Company Ltd (SEPCOL) that had ten crew members on board, chief executive Ikemefuna Okafor said on Thursday.

There were no immediate reports of fatalities.

The FPSO Trinity Spirit, with a 22,000 barrels of oil per day capacity, is a floating production, storage and offloading vessel in Warri Delta State.

The FPSO serves as the primary production facility of for OML 108 and is also a government approved terminal for lifting operations for all OML 108 production.

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SEPCOL is in receivership, a form of bankruptcy protection.

Okafor said investigations were underway to establish the cause of the explosion in the early hours of Wednesday while attempts to contain the situation were being made with help from local communities and Chevron, which has a facility nearby.

“At this time there are no reported fatalities, but we can confirm that there were ten crew men on board the vessel prior to the incident and we are prioritising investigations with respect to their safety and security,” he said.

“We have duly notified all relevant authorities and we appeal to the members of the public to stay away from the area while our crisis management team continues to monitor the situation and update all stakeholders with new information as the investigation evolves,” it stated.

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