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Oil Vessel Blows-Up In Delta, Crew Missing

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Floating Production, Storage and Offloading, FPSO, owned by Shebah Exploration and Production Company has exploded into flames on Wednesday.

The Vessel blew up in the Excravos region of the oil-rich Delta State, leaving 10 crew members on board the vessel missing.

Ikemefuna Okafor, Chief Executive Officer, Shebah Exploration and Production Company, failed to disclose the actual number of crew members on board the vessel as of when the incident occurred.

He said the Shebah has reported the incident to the relevant authorities for necessary actions to be taken.

“The management of Shebah Exploration & Production Company Ltd (SEPCOL) in receivership, hereby announces the unfortunate incident of a fire that engulfed our offshore facility, the FPSO Trinity Spirit located at the Ukpokiti Teminal, following an explosion during the early hours of Wednesday, 2nd of February 2022.

“The cause of the explosion is currently being investigated and we are working with necessary parties to contain the situation.

“At this time there are no reported fatalities, but we can confirm that there were 10 crewmen on board the vessel prior to the incident and we are prioritising investigations with respect to their safety and security.

“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,” the statement read in part.

The oil producing Niger-Delta region has had incidences of militancy where oil pipes and other range of equipment were bombed, vandalised or set ablaze.

A lots of militants groups with armed members operate in the region. Their activities caused severally caused setbacks to Nigeria’s daily oil production thus affecting the earnings of the country being a nation which heavily relied on crude oil sale for the chunk of its revenue.

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