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NNPC Unable to Assess Damage After Arepo Pipeline Blast

Posted: Jul 24, 2015 at 9:38 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) is yet to assess the damage to a key pipeline carrying Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) to Lagos and the southwest region following a major explosion at Arepo, Ogun State, a spokesman said on Thursday.

The trunk line was shut down on Wednesday following the overnight blast on the edge of Lagos state as a result of a clash between groups of vandals.

The National Emergency Management Agency said that it could not provide a death toll over a day later as its workers could still not safely access the swampy area, known to be dangerous.

“The fire is out but the terrain is difficult to access … We still need to assess the damage. The line has been shutdown and there is no effect to gasoline availability as we have full depots,” Nasir Imodagbe, a spokesman for the products and pipelines subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corp (NNPC) said.

Imodagbe added that the depots had enough to last a few days.

Nigeria frequently suffers fuel shortages, which worsened this year around the general elections that took place at the end of March.

The shortage became acute in May due to a stand-off between fuel importers and the out-going government over subsidy debts and concerns over whether President Muhammadu Buhari’s new administration would continue the subsidy scheme