Gas explosion, yesterday, killed two contract staff of Chevron Nigeria Limited at the multibillion dollar Escravos Gas to Liquid, EGTL, Project in Escravos, Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State.
The unfortunate incident had caused heavy tension and uncertainty within Escravos, as officials of the company are yet to ascertain the level of damage caused to the gas plant.
Sources said it was not an act of sabotage contrary to earlier speculations that militants had blown up the plant.
It was gathered that officials were working inside a component of the gas plant when suddenly they heard an explosion and part of the plant went up in flames.
Meanwhile, the Commander, Nigeria Navy Ship, NNS DELTA, Warri, Commodore Raimi Mohammed, who confirmed the explosion, said his men are already investigating the incident.
Also, the General Manager, Policies, Government and Public Affairs, Chevron Nigeria Limited, Deji Haastrap, in a brief message to journalists in Warri, said it was not a chemical explosion, but a fire outbreak and confirmed the death of one staff.
“There was no gas explosion. A fire broke out in a container storage at Escravos. It was quickly put out. Sadly an employee of a contractor company was injured and another died. Safety of all the workforce including contractors remain our first priority,” he added.


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