Oil production and storage vessel explodes off the coast of Nigeria

WARRI, Nigeria — An oil creation and storage vessel exploded off the coast of Nigeria early on Wednesday with 10 crew associates on board although it was unclear if there were being any casualties or how considerably crude could have spilled into the sea.

Nigeria’s Shebah Exploration & Creation Firm Ltd (SEPCOL) explained on Thursday that flames had engulfed the Trinity Spirit floating generation, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel next the blast a working day before.

Joe Sunday, an assistant boat driver, reported he was in just one of two speed boats out at sea on Wednesday early morning to decide some crew who were owing to choose time off from do the job but could not arrive at the vessel since it was eaten by fire.

“We drove spherical to see if we could see people today but we did not see any one and the fire was even now blazing,” Sunday instructed Reuters at a port in Warri.

Tiby Tea, chairman of Maritime Union for Nigerian Ports Authority in Warri, confirmed that two boats despatched out to the vessel could not obtain anyone.

“At this time there are no claimed fatalities but we can confirm that there were 10 crewmen on board the vessel prior to the incident and we are prioritizing investigations with respect to their basic safety and stability,” SEPCOL Chief Executive Ikemefuna Okafor explained in a assertion.

The Trinity Spirit can procedure up to 22,000 barrels of oil a day and shop up to 2 million barrels, SEPCOL’s website mentioned.

A person industry source lively in Nigeria’s oil sector stated the vessel had about 50,000 barrels in storage but was not pumping crude from the Ukpokiti oilfield in the OML 108 block when it exploded.

The Nigerian regulator now recognized as the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC) revoked its creation license for OML 108 in 2019. SEPCOL is the specialized operator of the block however the generation license was held by consortium member Convey Petroleum.

SEPCOL, which is in receivership, did not reply to requests for comment about how a great deal crude Trinity Spirit was storing at the time of the blast.

BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig was pumping tens of hundreds of barrels a day when it exploded in 2010. By the time the properly was plugged 87 times afterwards, 4 million barrels of crude had flowed into the Gulf of Mexico triggering an environmental catastrophe.

“We got information of the fire incident yesterday and we instantly ordered our discipline officers to commence investigation. Investigations are still ongoing,” Gbenga Komolafe, NUPRC’s chief executive, told Reuters.

“It is only following when we have gained the report of this investigation from our group that we will problem a extensive assertion devoid of speculation,” he said.

SEPCOL’s Okafor said investigations had been underway to set up the induce of the explosion whilst attempts to contain the situation were being designed with assistance from neighborhood communities and U.S. oil company Chevron, which has a facility nearby.

The Trinity Spirit is the most important manufacturing facility for OML 108 which handles 750 square km (290 square miles) of h2o off the Niger Delta, ranging from a depth of 30 meters to 213 meters, SEPCOL’s web page stated.