Nigeria: Explosion at Shell Gas Plant in Bayelsa Raises Concerns

Nigeria: Explosion at Shell Gas Plant in Bayelsa Raises Concerns

By Zuleihat Owuiye, Mamos Nigeria

On Wednesday, loud explosions were heard at the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria gas processing plant in Gbarain, Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State. Thick smoke rose into the sky, causing worries about potential disruptions in gas exports, as the gas plant supplies the Nigerian Liquified Natural Gas export terminal in the Bonny Island area of the state.

According to a source at Gbarain, the explosion is believed to have occurred on one of the pipelines feeding the gas plant, possibly due to the activities of vandals. As soon as the SPDC was alerted, the company took immediate action to shut down the line and extinguish the fire to protect the plant.

SPDC spokesman Michael Adande confirmed the incident, stating that the explosion happened near the gas processing plant, but the exact cause is still unknown. The SPDC is closely monitoring reports of smoke near the central processing facility and is in communication with regulatory authorities to investigate the incident and ensure the safety of nearby communities.

The cause of the explosion will be thoroughly investigated to determine if it was due to sabotage or any other factors. The safety of the plant and the surrounding communities is of utmost importance, and the SPDC is committed to taking the necessary steps to address the situation.

This incident serves as a reminder of the challenges faced by the oil and gas industry in Nigeria, where incidents of vandalism and sabotage on pipelines are not uncommon. Efforts must be made to enhance security measures and protect critical infrastructure to prevent such incidents from occurring in the future.

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