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  • Updated: May 15, 2024

Bayelsa: Explosion rocks Shell gas plant

Bayelsa: Explosion rocks Shell gas plant

There were reports of multiple explosions, on Tuesday, at the gas processing plant operated by the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria, SPDC, in Gbarain, located in the Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

The gas plant supplies the Nigerian Liquified Natural Gas, NLNG, export terminal situated in Bonny Island, Rivers State.

According to a community source speaking to journalists on Tuesday evening, the explosion took place on a pipeline that supplies gas to the plant.

A resident, Jessie David, claimed the blast was traced to a pipeline attacked by suspected vandals, resulting in explosions and eruption of thick smoke and gaseous emission.

He explained that the operator of the plant was alerted, and the line was isolated, reducing the pressure.

Confirming the incident, SPDC spokesman, Michael Adande, noted that the incident occurred near the facility and that the cause was yet to be ascertained.

“We are actively monitoring reports of smoke detected near our Gbarain Central Processing Facility in Bayelsa State.

“While the source appears to be external to our facility, we are in close communication with regulatory authorities to investigate the incident and ensure the safety of the surrounding communities,” Adande said.

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