Nigeria oil vessel on fire

Shebah Exploration and Production Company Ltd reports its Nigerian oil vessel on fire at their Ukpokiti Terminal, near Lagos Coast.

A company official said in a statement that 10 men were on the rig at the time of the incident.

However, the statement said there were no casualties.

“At this time there are no reported fatalities, but we can confirm that there were ten crew men on board the vessel prior to the incident.”

”We are prioritizing investigations with respect to their safety and security,” CEO Ikemefuna Okafor who signed the statement said.

COMPANY STATEMENT

The Company asked the public to stay away from the area as efforts are made to douse the flaming vessel.

Ikemefuna also confirmed in the stateement that the fire came from an explosion in the early hours of Wednesday.

Consequently, he said investigation will continue while the company works with “necessary parties to contain the situation,” he said.

The Vessel

Trinity Spirit is a floating production, storage, and offloading (FPSO) vessel at the Ukpokiti Terminal.

The 46-year old vessel can process up to 22,000 barrels of oil and inject 40,000 barrels of water daily.

It also has capacity to store up to two million barrels of oil.

Prior to the accident, the vessel was the main production facility for Oil Mining License (OML) 108.

SEPCOL acquired the vessel alongside 40 percent of ConocoPhilips’ 40 percent equity in OML 108 in 2004.

The Company is however currently under receivership.

Nigerian oil vessel on fire with 10 men aboard