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NNPC: It was not an explosion, It was a rupture on one of our pipelines

The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mele Kyari, has disclaimed reports of explosion on the Abura Crude Trunk line operated by the corporation.

The line, situated at Otu-Jeremi town in Ughelli, Delta State, which is operated by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, NNPC’s upstream subsidiary, was reported to have gone up in flames on Friday.

But speaking shortly after seeing off the 2019 NNPC Upstream Golf Tournament in Benin City on Saturday, Kyari described the incident as a mere rupture on one of the corporation’s pipelines which would be fixed within three days.

He was quoted in a statement issued by the NNPC in Abuja as saying, “It was not an explosion. It was a rupture on one of our pipelines.

“Our team of engineers has since moved to the site. In three days, we should be able to fix it. We have since contained the spill coming out of that pipeline. There was no fire anywhere in the pipeline. So there is no cause for alarm.”

He said the incident would have no impact on the nation’s power supply and called on host communities within the area to disregard the rumour and go about their normal activities.(Punch)

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