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Vanguard (Lagos)
February 19, 2007
Emma Arubi

SHELL Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) Egwa Flow station in Warri South local government council area of Delta State was on Thursday gutted by fire when one of the oil Well Head’s went up in flames.

As at Friday evening the company was still in dilemma as to how to contain the raging inferno whose immediate cause has not been disclosed.
A source in SPDC who would not want his name in print told Vanguard that three regulatory bodies have been invited to for a Joint Investigation Visit (JIV) to the flow station to determine the exact cause of the fire outbreak and recommend appropriate remedial action.

The regulatory agencies invited according to sources are the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), National Oil Spill Detection Response Agency (NOSDRA) and Federal Ministry of Environment and where billed to visit the Egwa flow station on Friday in company of SPDC fire service personnel.
Vanguard authoritatively gathered that after a long delay occasioned by indecision on the part of SPDC management on Friday, officials of the Federal Ministry of Environment and NOSDRA were dropped at the airport allegedly due to logistic reasons.

However, when the Chopper eventually took off and got to Egwa, Vanguard reliably gathered that it could not land because of the raging flame and had to return to base where the DPR personnel was finally dropped and the Helicopter took off again with only the SPDC fire service personnel to the flow station.

Vanguard could not however confirm whether the SPDC fire men succeeded in putting out the two-day long inferno as at press time as efforts to speak with the management of the oil multi-national failed.

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