Following an explosion that destroyed the 46-year-old Trinity Spirit floating production, storage, and offloading unit off the coast of Nigeria yesterday, ten people died and serious pollution is expected.
In the early hours of Wednesday, the FPSO exploded and sank, killing all ten crew members on board.
“The cause of the explosion is currently being investigated, and we are working with necessary parties to contain the situation,” said Ikemefuna Okafor, CEO of Shebah Exploration and Production Company (SEPCOL), which owns the vessel.
The Trinity Spirit was the primary production facility for block 108 of the Ukpokiti field, with a capacity of up to 22,000 barrels of oil per day.
SEPCOL confirm the FPSO Trinity Spirit has exploded off the coast of #Nigeria this morning, 10 reportedly killed. pic.twitter.com/bqe3bZPzQf
— Aurora Intel (@AuroraIntel) February 3, 2022
Some shocking photos from Nigeria, where a FPSO has suffered a spectacular fire. We have confirmed an explosion and a fire, and the company says no casualties. Beyond, **local media is reporting** that the ‘Trinity Spirit’ sank. The explosion was near the Escravos terminal #OOTT pic.twitter.com/CvrZE7RG0K
— Javier Blas (@JavierBlas) February 3, 2022