OFFICIAL: 3 Rescued Alive, 1 Unidentified Body Found From FPSO Explosion.
Shebah Exploration & Production Company Ltd (SEPCOL) has reported the rescue of three of the ten crew members on board its offshore facility, FPSO Trinity Spirit, which was engulfed in flames after an explosion in the early hours of last week Wednesday.
A dead body was also discovered in the area, according to the management, however the identity of the deceased has yet to be determined.
SEPCOL provided the information in a statement signed by Mr. Ikemefuna Okafor, the company’s Chief Executive Officer, and made accessible to journalists on Sunday.
The statement read: “The Management of Shebah Exploration & Production Company Ltd (SEPCOL) in RECEIVERSHIP, hereby provide further update on the missing crew members following the unfortunate explosion and subsequent fire that engulfed the FPSO Trinity Spirit at the Ukpokiti Terminal in the early hours of Wednesday, 2nd of February 2022.
“We can confirm that three (3) crew members have been found alive in the community and our priority is to ensure that they receive the appropriate medical attention they need. Furthermore, in the early hours of Sunday 6th February 2022, one dead body was discovered in the vicinity of the FPSO. The identity of the dead body is yet to be ascertained.
“As earlier confirmed, the fire burnt out completely as of Thursday afternoon, 3rd Feb. 2022, thus enabling closer inspection of the vessel.
“A Joint Investigation Visit (JIV) with the relevant authorities, stakeholders, and expert organisations took place on Saturday, 5th February 2022.
“The focus of our joint efforts is to prioritise investigations towards establishing the whereabouts, safety, and security of the 7 (seven) crew members still missing, clean up and limit damage to the environment, and establish the cause of the explosion.
“We appreciate the assistance provided by the Clean Nigeria Associates, the Chevron team, National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC), Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), National Maritime Administration and Security Agency (NIMASA) and people in the community, particularly the fishermen, who have been of immense assistance since the incident occurred.”
SEPCOL, on the other hand, advised members of the public to stay away from the area as the company’s Crisis Management Team followed the investigations and updated all stakeholders with new information as it became available.