Indigenous oil firm, Aiteo Eastern Exploration and Production Company Limited (AEEPCo), has confirmed putting out the fire that occurred within the Right Of Way (ROW) of its Nembe Creek Trunk Line at Awoba, Bayelsa State on April 21.

The confirmation came in a statement signed by Aiteo’s spokesman, Matthew Ndiana and made available to the media on Monday, April 22.

He disclosed that a joint investigation conducted by security and regulatory agencies and community representatives confirmed that the fire had been contained.

The statement read, “In line with regulatory requirements, a Joint Investigation Visit (JIV) comprising security and regulatory agencies as well as community representatives and Aiteo personnel will be constituted and deployed to the site to attend to the necessary incident formalities.

“This team is expected at the incident site imminently. The Joint Task Force on Security team has confirmed that sabotage of the pipeline at Awoba was responsible; and has identified some culprits and is set to act as is necessary.

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“Aiteo is working on further site preparation and mobilisation of specialised equipment to the swamps for further remedial action to facilitate a quick return to full functionality.”

The company had declared a force majeure on the trunk line after getting report of the fire incident on Sunday.

Safety Record recalls that a similar fire incident occurred within the vicinity of Aiteo’s Nembe Creek Well-7 in Bayelsa in March, causing community leaders to call on government to sanction the company over alleged poor handing of an explosion within its Oil Mining Lease (OML) 29.

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