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NNPC: Arepo fire will not affect product supply

30 May 2014, 13:08

Abuja - The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has said that the recent pipeline explosion at Arepo would not affect product supply.

Its Group General Manager (Public Affairs), Ohi Alegbe, disclosed this in Abuja.

Alegbe said the corporation had shut down its System 2B Pipeline due to the fire incident that was sparked off by a gun battle between suspected oil thieves and policemen deployed to protect the pipeline.

He stressed that the development would not affect products supply.

Alegbe said all the inland depots, being serviced by the System 2B pipeline, had enough stock of products to meet demand until the situation would be brought under control.

He said that preliminary report from the police indicated that armed men, in military uniform and suspected to be oil thieves, attacked the police on guard at the Arepo section of the pipeline.

“The gunfire exchange between the vandals and the policemen apparently sparked off an explosion on the pipeline resulting in an inferno.

Alegbe said it was not possible to send the corporation’s engineers into the area now under the circumstances.

The Spokesperson for the Pipelines and Products Marketing Company, Nasir Imodagbe,  however, said that the fire was put out on Wednesday.

-     NAN

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