16 killed in southeast Nigerian state oil pipeline fire: NNPC

Published: October 13, 2018 15:36:07 | Updated: October 17, 2018 13:27:25


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Sixteen people were killed after a fire broke out on an oil pipeline in the southeast of Nigeria, a spokesman for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation told media.

The state oil company said the fire occurred on Friday along the Osisioma axis near the Aba depot and emergency services had now been deployed to the scene.

It added that production would be affected as they had to stop pumping oil on the line, although “not adversely” as they also transport crude by road, reports Reuters.

“The incident might have been caused by suspected oil thieves who had hacked into the line to intercept the flow of petrol from Port Harcourt to Aba,” NNPC said in an earlier statement.

Many oil spills in the southern oil production heartland of Africa’s biggest crude producer are caused by theft and pipeline sabotage. The methods used to steal the oil often result in accidents that cause fires.

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