After about three and a half months battle with the Ojumole Well 1 fire caused by a third-party interference in Western Niger Delta axis, Chevron Nigeria Ltd (CNL), operator of the facility says the raging fire has finally been put out.
Chevron, operator of the Joint Venture (JV) between the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and CNL (NNPC/CNL JV), in Ojumole field, confirmed the development on Monday morning, saying the fire at the Ojumole Well No.1 has been safely put out.
General Manager, Policy, Government and Public Affairs, Chevron Nigeria Ltd, Esimaje Brikinn, made the disclosure in a statement made available to TribuneOnline in Warri.
“CNL wishes to thank all the stakeholders including the neighboring communities, Ondo and Delta state governments, regulatory and security authorities that worked with the NNPC/CNL JV to ensure that the fire incident caused by third party interference, was safely put out.
“Environmental monitoring by accredited independent environmental consultants continues in the area, with support from regulatory agencies.
“Our employees are also on site, while normal activities are ongoing in the area. CNL remains committed to the safety of the communities and the environment in its areas of operation.
“We continue to conduct our operations safely, reliably and efficiently, with the utmost consideration for protection of people and the environment,” Brikinn noted.
It will be recalled that the Ojumole Well 1 fire, which began on April 18 courtesy of a third-party interference, has led to a series of protests by the Ijaws of Egbema in Delta, with the Delta State deputy governor, Kingsley Otuaro, intermittently dousing tension while CNL mobilised local and o overseas resources to redress the situation.