The National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency reported an explosion at an oil field run by Eroton Exploration and Production Limited in the Rivers State local government area of Akuku Toru on Tuesday.
After receiving information of a fire incident at two oil wells run by the oil company, NOSDRA confirmed the incident.
The twin events, according to Mr. Idris Musa, Director-General of NOSDRA, happened on Monday at the 4T and 14-Akaso Wellheads in Rivers.
Musa added that after the event was reported to the NOSDREA, its representatives, the business, and the oil firm’s Emergency Response Team were quickly alerted and mobilized to the scene.
He said, “The company has mobilized a vendor, which is expected to arrive at the incident location today, October 4, 2022 to extinguish the raging fire from the Wells. The Agency will supervise the activity accordingly.
“An illegal boat was observed at the location, which was suspected to be engaged in oil theft.
“The boat has been completely burnt but the fire on the boat has been extinguished. The two wells are, however, still on fire until the vendor arrives to extinguish it.”
The NOSDREA DG stated that a situation room was created by the company for effective communication with all relevant stakeholders.
Musa explained that NOSDREA subsequently directed the company to give an update on the incident every two hours.