NNPC allays fears of major fire incident at Port Harcourt refinery

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on Sunday said the January 1 fire outbreak at the Port Harcourt Refining Company (PHRC) was minor.

The fire, caused by a spark while a 33,000-litre truck was discharging naphtha into a tank at the refinery, was contained in less than two hours.

“The fire affected only the discharging truck and the pump bay.

“No other property was damaged,’’ NNPC’s Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Garba Muhammad, stated  in Abuja.

He added that the PHRC management mobilized the safety structure at the refinery immediately.

He stated also that support by the Federal Fire Service helped bring the fire under control speedily.

“Residents in the neighborhood of the facility have no cause to worry as safety of life and property is at the top of management’s priority list.

“The management and staff of PHRC also extend their profound appreciation to all those that contributed to bringing a speedy end to the fire,’’ Muhammed added. (NAN)

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