Aiteo Eastern Exploration and Production Co. has issued a statement to clarify the cisumstances, a suspected explosion occurred within the vicinity of Nembe Creek Well 7, behind Mile 1 Community in Bayelsa State, which is not too far from Nembe Field Logistics Base (FLB) On 2 March 2019.
Despite initial challenges, the company’s operations team were able to access the well head area when the fire had completely died down in the early hours of 2nd March.
According to the statement, preliminary investigations confirmed that there were no fatalities; human accidents or damage to community property. “All the wells and facilities in the immediate vicinity have been inspected and secured.”
The management confirmed through the statement that no incident occured at or involve any part of the NCTL or other pipelines. “It is important to note that prior to this incident, all facilities have been shut down since 28 of February 2019 due to NCTL outage. Accordingly, any account suggesting that this incident arose from or affected any pipelines is wholly inaccurate and misleading,” the statement added.
Full investigations to determine the cause of the fire in particular as well as to determine if the incident may have been caused by third-party infractions, is still ongoing. These investigations are being pursed with the utmost urgency and are being given the highest priority.
“We are continuing to work with all the relevant authorities to restore full functionality to all the relevant installations and affected areas,” the company stated.
The Company expresses gratitude to all stakeholders for their continuing support and understanding and urge for calm and vigilance. It promise to continue sharing information on these developments as events unfold.