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Seven killed in explosion at NNPC Benin River Valve Station

Valentine Chinyem

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No fewer than seven people have died following an explosion that rocked the Oil Mining Lease 40 operated by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NNPC)

The explosion occurred on Tuesday at the petroleum company’s Benin River Valve Station, the NNPC revealed.

This was made known by Kennie Obateru, the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of the NNPC.

He said the BRVS explosion happened at Gbetiokun, OML 40, operated by NPDC.

“The incident, which occurred on Tuesday during the installation of a ladder on a platform (Benin River Valve Station) for access during discharging of Gbetiokun production, unfortunately caused seven fatalities,’ Obateru said.

“The bodies of casualties have been deposited in a morgue in Sapele, while families of the personnel involved are being contacted by their employers.”