June 23, 2024

Fire at Eroton’s oil fields in Rivers being contained, says NOSDRA


Nathan Tamarapreye, Yenagoa
The National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) says the fire incident at two oil wells operated by Eroton Exploration and Production Limited (EEPL) is being contained.
In an update on the situation of the fire reported on Monday, Mr Idris Musa, Director-General of NOSDRA said on Thursday that the fire at Akaso Wells 14 and 4T Wellhead has been put out.
He, however, said that the fire at the second well, Akaso Well 4 is still burning.
Musa had in a statement on Monday that following the notification of the incident to the Agency, the company, officials of the spills agency alongside the oil firm’s Emergency Response Team (ERT) were immediately mobilised to the site.
“The company has mobilised a vendor, which is expected to arrive the incident location today, October 4, 2022 to extinguish the raging fire from the Wells; the Agency will supervise the activity accordingly.
“An illegal boat was observed at the location, which was suspected to be engaged in oil theft. The boat has been completely burnt but the fire on the boat has been extinguished.
“The two Wells are however, still on fire until the vendor arrives to extinguish it,” Musa said
The Director-General said that a situation room was created by the company for effective communication with all relevant stakeholders.
According to him, NOSDRA has subsequently directed the company to give a two-hourly update on the incident.

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