Panic in Delta community as fire guts Trans-Forcados pipeline

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There is palpable fear within the Chamomi creeks in Yeye community, Burutu local government area of Delta State as the Trans- Forcados pipeline was gutted by fire on Sunday evening.

The pipeline is said to be operated by Heritage Energy Operational Services Limited.

The Chairman of Yeye Community, Phillip Fianka, disclosed this in a text message to newsmen on Monday in Warri, noting that the incident occurred at the early hours of Monday.

According to Fianka, “There is a severe fire outbreak in Trans-Forcados Pipeline (TFP) Chanomi Axis Yeye Community.”

Confirming the incident, Sylvester Okoh, General Manager, Community Relations, Heritage Energy Operational Services Limited, said, “at about 11:00 pm on May 19, 2019, a fire incident was reported at the crude oil spill site along the Trans Forcados pipeline around Yeye Community.

“It was gathered that the fire occurred due to excessive heat from a pumping machine which was being used to transfer crude oil from the spill site into a barge.

“The fire was reported to have destroyed some equipment at the scene. The houseboat and gunboats were safely relocated from the scene of the fire incident,” Okoh said.

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