Two In­jured As Fire En­gulfs Oil Field

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - NEWS - From Julius Osa­hon, Ye­nagoa

AT least two oil work­ers were in­jured in an early morn­ing fire out­break at an oil rig op­er­ated by an indige­nous oil firm at Akassa, Brass Coun­cil of Bayelsa State.

The fire in­ci­dent was ear­lier feared to be caused by an ex­plo­sion by Niger Delta mil­i­tants at an oil­field op­er­ated by Con­sol­i­dated Oil Com­pany.

But com­mu­nity sources said it was as a re­sult of an elec­tri­cal fault.

"The enor­mity of the fire ham­pered ini­tial res­cue ef­forts and it is ex­pected in an oil and gas en­vi­ron­ment, but the emer­gency re­sponse sys­tems were ac­ti­vated in the fa­cil­ity and the fire was put out. "How­ever, two of the peo­ple who sus­tained in­juries in the in­ci­dent were res­cued and have been sta­bilised and get­ting med­i­cal at­ten­tion.

"The fa­cil­ity has been shut down and the area is calm, "the source said.

An­other se­cu­rity source in the area con­firmed the fire in­ci­dent and al­layed fears that it was a mil­i­tant at­tack.

"The fire in­ci­dent is an op­er­a­tional mishap and has noth­ing to do with mil­i­tants so it is within the op­er­a­tional lev­els in the com­pany and they are cur­rently as­sess­ing the dam­age done by the fire," the source said.

Mr. Asinim Butswat, Po­lice spokesman, said they are awareof thein­ci­dent­buthad sketchy in­for­ma­tion, which was yet to be put to­gether.

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