Aiteo made it known that on 2 March 2019, a suspected explosion occurred within the vicinity of Nembe Creek Well 7, behind Mile 1 Community in Bayelsa State, which is not too far from Nembe Field Logistics Base (FLB).
The company clarified that despite initial challenges, its operation team were able to access the well head area when the fire had completely died down on early hours of the same day when the inferno was discovered.
Aiteo asserted that preliminary investigations confirm that there were no fatalities; human incidents or damage to community property. All the wells and facilities in the immediate vicinity have been inspected and secured. This incident did not occur at or involve any part of the Nembe Creek Trunk Line (NCTL) or other pipelines. It is important to note that prior to this incident, all facilities have been shut down since 28 of February 2019 due to NCTL outage. Accordingly, any account suggesting that this incident arose from or affected any pipelines is wholly inaccurate and misleading.
The company said full investigations to determine the cause of the fire and, in particular, to determine whether this may have been caused by third-party infractions, remain ongoing. These investigations are being pursed with the utmost urgency and are being given the highest priority.
Aiteo revealed that the company will continue to work with all relevant authorities to restore full functionality to all the relevant installations and affected areas.
In the time being, it expresses gratitude to all its stakeholders for their continuing support and understanding whilst urging calm and vigilance.
Besides, it promises that when necessary, it shall continue to share information on recent developments in due course.