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Seven Die In Explosion On NNPC Facility

Seven workers have died after an explosion rocked Oil Mining Lease 40 operated by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), a flagship subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on Tuesday.

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The explosion occurred at the petroleum company’s Benin River Valve Station.

Kennie Obateru, the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, NNPC, said the BRVS explosion happened at Gbetiokun, OML 40, operated by NPDC.

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“The incident, which occurred on Tuesday during the installation of a ladder on a platform (Benin River Valve Station) for access during discharging of Gbetiokun production, unfortunately caused  seven fatalities,”Obateru said on Wednesday.

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The NNPC said the remains of the victims have been deposited in a morgue in Sapele and their employers, Weld Affairs and Flow Impact, contacted.

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