We are investigating explosion at Agip’s oil export terminal –NSCDC

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By Kenechukwu Obiajuru, Yenagoa

The Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) says it is investigating the cause of Monday’s explosion that disrupted oil export from the Brass Oil Terminal off Bayelsa coastline.

A pipeline explosion on a line feeding the oil export facility operated by Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) compelled the firm to shutdown.

The facility, according to Eni, the Itallian parent company of NAOC has capacity to handle exports of 90,000 barrels of crude per day.

Mrs Christina Abiakam-Omanu, Bayelsa Commandant of NSCDC, who confirmed the development in a telephone interview, over the weekend, said the site has been cordoned off. She noted that the oil leak that followed the explosion has been contained.

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“The explosion and resulting pollution is already being investigated and we are already interrogating some suspects in our custody to unravel the cause and their involvement”, said he.

In a response to an e-mail request for comments by Eni Management issued by a spokesperson, the company shut the line to effect repairs.

The oil firm noted that the incident did not have any substantial impact on the 90,000 barrels per day crude export terminal.

“The line is an intra-field one in a minor field, therefore, impact on production is minimal. The flow on the line has been immediately halted and preparations for repair are underway. Brass export line is active,” Eni stated.

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