March 22, 2019

Nigeria: Aiteo in Trouble over Gas Explosion…Sabotage of FG Suspected

Aiteo Oil Exploration company is in trouble over recent gas explosion suspected to be part of militants’ threat to disrupt oil supply in the Niger Delta.

Abuja is reportedly angry with Aiteo handling of the matter as the firm did not respond to the incident on time nor provide any genuine details until the story went viral.

Niger Delta militants had threatened to disrupt oil and gas supply if President Buhari won the recently concluded presidential poll.Aiteo is owned by a Niger Deltan who had run into trouble waters in the past with the present government.

The disclosure delay on the part of Aiteo raised eyebrow in Abuja,leading to speculations on the role of the company in relation to militant activities in the Niger Delta.

A government source in Abuja told our correspondent that “the conduct of the firm is suspicious “,hinting that discreet investigation is ongoing on the matter.

“Why was the company silent for almost 24 hours after the blast?Why the refusal to provide needed details on time? The story was allowed to go viral as if the zone is now engulfed in unrest”,the source said.

Meanwhile, Aiteo has clarified the incident, stating

“We are continuing to work with all the relevant authorities to restore full functionality to all the relevant installations and affected areas

” On 2 March 2019, a suspected explosion occurred in the Niger Delta, within the vicinity of Nembe Creek Well 7, behind Mile 1 Community in Bayelsa State, Nigeria.

“Despite initial challenges, our operations team were able to access the well head area when the fire had completely died down on early hours of 2nd March.

“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 97 kilometre pipeline, 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. 

“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 have been given the highest priority. 

“We are continuing to work with all the relevant authorities to restore full functionality to all the relevant installations and affected areas.

“In the time being, we express our gratitude to all our stakeholders for your continuing support and understanding whilst urging calm and vigilance. 

“As becomes necessary, we shall continue to share information on these developments in due course”,the statement noted.

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