At least 12 people have been confirmed killed in Nigeria’s Delta area, where a pipeline under the maintenance of an Italy-based multinational oil firm had exploded, an official statement said Friday.
Reportedly, bodies were seen floating on the river as the search for casualties continued.
Officials of NAOC, the Bayelsa Ministry of Environment and representatives of the host community were involved in that investigation.
“Three victims rescued are now at the hospital”.
Two years ago, Eni said it lost roughly 30,000 barrels of oil per day to criminal theft of maritime oil shipments, sabotage of oil facilities and flooding, leading to losses of approximately $554 million from its Nigerian operations.
Italian energy company Eni reports a dozen people dead in a crude oil pipeline explosion in Niger Delta region during fix work at crude oil pipeline.
The explosion resulted in the death of 12 members of the maintenance team who were working for a local services company. It added it was still investigating the causes of the blast, as were the local authorities, and would release further information when available.
“The company expresses its deepest condolences to the families involved in this tragic accident”.