SEPCOL: Death toll rises to four as another body found after explosion 

SEPCOL FPSO death toll rises to three


One more body has been recovered after the explosion of an oil storage vessel off the Nigerian coast over two weeks ago, bringing the death toll to four.

The Trinity Spirit, a Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) facility operated by Shebah Exploration & Production Company Ltd (SEPCOL), exploded and was engulfed in flames on February 2 with 10 crew on board.

The vessel had a processing capacity of 22,000 barrels of oil a day and could store two million barrels, according to SEPCOL.

The Minister of State for Environment, Sharon Ikeazor, said it was carrying between 50,000 and 60,000 barrels of oil at the time of explosion, raising concerns of environmental disaster.

The site of the explosion at the Ukpokiti oil terminal is closer to Delta State.

One body was found on February 6, and two more a day after. Three survivors were found.

The Director-General, National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), Musa Idris, said one more body was found on Wednesday, about two weeks after the incident.

He said the agency was continuing with its monitoring of the site, conducting aerial surveys and diving to monitor for any oil spill.

“Our people are still there to know whether oil will come out or not. They were supposed to do diving yesterday, because yesterday morning one more body was recovered,” he said.

The explosion is the second major accident in the oil industry in the last three months. It follows the spill that occurred in Nembe, Bayelsa State, in December 2021, at an oil wellhead operated by Aiteo.

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