OpeOluwani Akintayo —
Lagos — A fresh fire incident has hit the Nembe Creek Trunk Line, leading Aiteo Group – operators of the pipeline – to declared force majeure on the facility.
According to a release by Aiteo’s spokesperson, Mr. Ndiana Matthew, the fire outbreak was discovered by the surveillance team, comprising the JTF, FSS around NCTL RoW near Awoba on Sunday.
“Our Operations Emergency Response team was immediately activated and following its urgent intervention and containment action, we are constrained to shut in injection as well as other related operations into the NCTL. In accordance with standard procedure, we requested the other injectors to do same,” Matthew said.
Aiteo said the fire may have occurred through an illegitimate, third party breach of the functionality of the pipeline, and critical national asset.
It added that relevant investigations were continuing while further information about the remote and direct causes of the fire would be communicated as soon as these become available.
“We ask our stakeholders to await further, detailed briefing in due course,” the spokesman added.