An oil production and storage tanker burst off the coast of Nigeria early Wednesday, with ten crew members on board. It was unclear whether there were any deaths or how much petroleum was poured into the sea.
Shebah Exploration & Production Company Ltd (SEPCOL) reported that flames had devoured the Trinity Spirit floating production, storage, and offloading (FPSO) vessel after the explosion the day before.
According to SEPCOL’s website, the Trinity Spirit can process up to 22,000 barrels of oil per day and store up to 2 million barrels.
There were no initial reports of deaths, according to SEPCOL CEO Ikemefuna Okafor. Moreover, SEPCOL did not reply to inquiries regarding how much crude Trinity Spirit was keeping at the time of the explosion.
“We can confirm that there were ten crewmen on board (The FPSO Trinity Spirit) before the incident, and we are prioritising investigations with respect to their safety and security,” Mr Okafor said.
He also stated that investigations into the cause of the explosion are underway and that attempts are being made to control the situation with the help of local communities and Chevron, which has a plant nearby.
SEPCOL has been placed in receivership, which is a type of bankruptcy.