Chevron confirms oil well explosion in Ondo
Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL), operator of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation joint venture (NNPC/CNL JV) on Sunday said that the recent oil well explosions which occurred on April 18, 2019, took place at the NNPC/CNL JV’s Ojumole Well 1 in Ondo State and not Delta state, as reported by some media houses.
According to a statement by Esimaje Brikinn, General Manager, Policy, Government and Public Affairs (G.M, PGPA), he said contrary to reports, Chevron does not have any well called Ikpalakpala-bou in its assets in the Western Niger Delta.
He said the current fire incident occurred at the NNPC/CNL JV’s Ojumole Well 1 in Ondo State, noting that this has always been the name of the well and the name has not changed.
Brikinn said a Joint Investigation Visit to the site of the incident on Saturday, April 20, 2019, by a team made up of regulatory agencies, community stakeholders (including representatives of Tsekelewu community) and CNL, determined that the fire was caused by unidentified third-parties who interfered with the facility.
He said “We have been in engagement with all relevant stakeholders, including communities, government of Ondo State and regulatory agencies on the fire incident.
“We are currently working with contractors to safely put out the fire as quickly as possible.”
Brikinn stressed that CNL places the highest priority on the health and safety of its workforce, the community around its operations and protection of its assets and the environment.
He added that there were independent, accredited environmental consultants monitoring the environment noting that Chevron’s post incident activities will be consistent with the relevant environmental laws, regulations and guidelines.
“We continue to conduct our operations safely, reliably and efficiently, with utmost consideration for protection of people and the environment.
“CNL takes any threat to its operations seriously and will inform the relevant law enforcement agencies of such threats.
“We encourage all stakeholders to embrace dialogue and respect for the rule of law, in resolving any perceived grievances,” Brikinn said.