10 January 2018, Sweetcrude, Port Harcourt — Eroton Exploration and Production Company Limited has announced that illegal third-party activity and sabotage was responsible for a gas fire that broke out at the Buguma 10 Gas Well, a gas well located within Oil Mining Lease 18 (OML18).
In a statement yesterday, the company alluded to the fact that there has been no fatalities or spill resulting from this incident.
“On the 8 January 2018, a gas fire broke out on the Buguma 10 gas well, a gas well located within Oil Mining Lease 18 (OML 18) that is operated by Eroton Exploration and Production Company Limited, operator of the Eroton/NNPC Joint Venture. Eroton had taken over operatorship of this OML from Shell Petroleum Development Company Limited in 2015.
Eroton revealed that it has promptly reported the incident to the relevant regulatory bodies including the Department of Petroleum Resources and the NOSDRA.
Eroton claimed that the well is a non-operational one having been safely secured by SPDC with a downhole plug and a Non-Return Valve before transfer to Eroton.
“The cause of the fire is therefore likely to be from illegal third-party activity/sabotage. Eroton is currently working to restore conditions of the well. After this is done, a full joint investigation will be carried out into the cause of the fire,” the company disclosed.