Vanguard (Lagos)

22 October 2013

Nigeria: Explosion Rocks Warri Refinery

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A Nigerian oil refinery.

Warri — THERE was an explosion at the Warri Refinery and Petrochemical Company, WRPC, Warri, Delta State, which forced the 35-year-old company, operating mostly with outmoded equipment to shut down production, Tuesday.

Vanguard learnt that the fire started at about 11.00 am in the refining section of the company, a subsidiary of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, with an installed capacity of 125,000 bpd, while crude oil refining process was on.

Our source said, "It is the 10-H-02 equipment in area 2 that exploded, and the fire lasted for few minutes, before it was put off by firefighters and safety officials of the company."

He asserted, "The exact cause of the explosion, which sent huge balls of fire skyward has not been ascertained and I can tell you that investigation is on, I cannot say the actual cause of the explosion."

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