NNPC subsidiary denies responsibility for pipeline explosion in rivers state
Integrated Data Services Limited, IDSL, a Subsidiary of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, has explained that it was not responsible for the pipeline explosion which occurred yesterday at a Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Limited, NLNG, pipeline in Emohua Local Government Area, Rivers State.
IDSL said its operation crew which was engaged in acquiring seismic data for SPDC in Oil Mining Lease, OML, 17/22 ROBO 3D prospect, observed approved safe distance standards contained in the Department of Petroleum Resources’, DPR, regulations and as such could not be the cause of the blast.
“Our activities involve the use of seismic explosives of size 2kg and detonators. The drilled and exploded depth is 45 metres. At this depth the effect on the surface cannot affect any structure.
“The suspected gas leakage on the gas pipeline between Eveku and Rumodogo 1 communities in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State of February 22, 2017 was not caused and cannot be caused by NNPC, IDSL Party 05 seismic operations. Our closest activity around the incident area yesterday was 798 metres away from the pipeline”, IDSL stated.
As a responsible corporate body, IDSL’s crew on operation in Emohua Local Government Area observed, to the letter, DPR’s regulations governing such activities which include: maintaining a minimum distance of 25 metres from tarmac roads, 50 metres from houses, 100 metres from pipelines, and a minimum distance of 200 metres from well heads or oil wells.
IDSL crew was 798 metres away from the exploded pipeline.
Relevant authorities in Rivers State have been informed of the incident.
China Petrochemical Corp. has shut some natural gas operations in central China after a landslide caused a pipeline fire Wednesday that killed two people.
A pipeline carrying natural gas from Sichuan province in western China to the eastern part of the country cracked and caught fire near Enshi city in China’s Hubei province around 6:25 a.m. local time after heavy rainfall caused a landslide, according to a microblog post by the company. The fire was contained and the company is halting some local supply after the incident.
Flooding along China’s Yangtze River this summer has killed at least 186 people as of July 4, according to the civil affairs ministry. The nation has maintained an emergency alert at the second-highest level as storms stretching nearly 1,000 miles (1,600 km) move across central and southern China.
“Enshi is on the trunk line of Sinopec’s West-East gas pipeline, so supplies to downstream users particularly in eastern regions like Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Shanghai will be affected,” Liu Guangbin, an analyst with Shandong-based SCI International, said by phone. “But summer is not a peak season for gas use, so I don’t think it will cause any significant tightness in local markets.”
Segments of the affected pipeline have been shut as of 1:02 p.m. and Sinopec is coordinating with PetroChina Co. to offer 5 MMcmgd of supply for residential customers, according to a separate microblog post. Sinopec has cut 9.8 MMcmgd of supply to industrial users. The pipeline will likely be restored within two weeks and the affected users have other sources for gas supply including PetroChina’s pipelines, offshore gas fields and imports through LNG terminals, Liu said.