The corona virus pandemic seems to not be the only thing the Nigerian nationalities are battling. Its oil plant was recently met with a tragic blast that left seven people succumb to death. Nigeria’s oil plant accounts for the biggest oil plant across the African continent. It is leading with a production of two million barrels per day. Therefore, it does not come as a surprise when everyone’s attention shifts to the blast in the power plant. Especially when it involves the nations that receive oil from the country. Uncertainties have since increased amidst the epidemic.
How the oil blast happened killing seven people
The incident is said to have taken place during the installation of a ladder on a platform at Gbetiokun oilfield. The Nigerian national petroleum corporation however gave an assurance on carrying out thorough investigations. This is in efforts to ascertain the main cause of the accident. It also confirmed that all personnel on board the platform were accounted for.
It is no new news for the plant to experience such oil related explosions. Pipeline and tanker explosions are major incidences that are being reported. The pipelines are carelessly exposed hence making it easier for ill intended persons to effortlessly cause damage. Additionally, the nation is still healing from a recent accident at OML 40. Under the operation of a state owned oil firm NPDC and the Elcrest joint venture, it is not yet clear if production was affected.
Impact of the oil accidents
The corona virus majorly accounts for the decreased demand on the oil supply. The prices have significantly gone down. The NNPC have not yet disclosed whether the blasts and previous explosions as well as accidents have affected the production and its pricing. International oil companies have hence shifted their attention to offshore projects in Nigeria. This way, the risks involved in onshore operations in the Niger delta are set to be less.
Previous fatalities from the explosion
A gas explosion that happened earlier on this year march resulted to 15 fatalities and a massive destruction of building in the area. Conclusively, we can attest to the loss of lives connected to these accidents involving oil. Families are since left bereaving their loved ones and although the expenses of burial are taken care of, it does not offer enough solace. The country is looking forward to enact measures that will help in reducing these accidents hence reduce on the rate of deaths.