Huge Vessel Explodes In Warri

A Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel has exploded and sunk at the Ukpokiti Terminal, around Excravos, Warri, Delta State.

The vessel has a capacity to process up to 22,000 barrels of oil per day, inject up to 40,000 barrels of water per day and store 2 million barrels of oil.

The huge facility, TRINITY SPIRIT, was built in 1976, with a carrying capacity of 274774 Dead Weight Tonnage (DWT) and an overall length of 337.05 meters as well as a width of 54.5 meters.

The asset is owned by Shebah Exploration and Production Company Limited (SEPCOL) which in 2004 acquired all of 40 percent of ConocoPhillips equity interest in OML 108.

It wasn’t immediately clear if there were casualties due to the massive fire which erupted on-board the vessel, but it was learned that about 10 persons were within the facility when the incident occurred who had yet to be accounted for at the time of publishing this report.

A statement by the Chief Executive Officer, Shebah Exploration and Production Company Ltd (in receivership), Ikemefuna Okafor, obtained by this newspaper confirmed the incident.

“The management of Shebah Exploration & Production Company Ltd (SEPCOL) in receivership, hereby announces the unfortunate incident of a fire that engulfed our offshore facility, the FPSO Trinity Spirit located at the Ukpokiti Terminal, following an explosion during the early hours of Wednesday, 2nd of February 2022,” the statement reads in part.

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