By Christian George
The Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission is set to investigate the cause of pipeline explosion on Thursday in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State.
In a statement by its Chief Executive Officer, Gbenga Komolafe on Friday in Abuja, he acknowledged the explosion and assured that the commission will investigate together with relevant stakeholders.
NAN reported that the investigation is in line with NUPRC’s statutory regulatory oversight of upstream operations in the oil and gas industry.
He said “NUPRC wishes to announce that an explosion leading to a major fire incident near a pipeline in Rumuekpe community in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers on Thursday night has been reported.
“There are speculations about the level of casualties, but the Commission cannot confirm any until after our investigation,’’ Komolafe added.
He reaffirmed the commissions commitment to ensuring that safety and environmental measures are available to protect lives and the environment.