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NNPC Claims OML 40 oilfield explosion crashes production by 10,000bpd


Chinazor Megbolu


The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) had claimed that the explosion at a production facility in Oil Mining Lease (OML) 40, had crashed production by 10,000 barrels per day.


The oil and gas agency in a statement signed by NNPC spokesperson, Dr. Kennie Obateru, noted that Elcrest Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited, a joint partner of the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPCDC) has crashed production by 10,000 barrels per day.


The report maintained the unfortunate incident caused a major set back to a marine storage vessel in the process of oil evacuation at Gbetiokun Early Production facility.


Obateru in the statement said there was no casualties or injuries recorded during the explosion.


He maintained the spill from the accident was not significant in the community the oil asset was located, adding the accident happened on November 2, 2020 on the MT Harcourt storage vessel with a capacity of 180,000 barrels.


The statement further said that Seplat Petroleum, the operator, which exports crude from the oilfield through the vessel, stated the incident had not disrupted production.

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