A major fire incident has been averted at the Port Harcourt Refining Company (PHRC) following a prompt action by the management of the company led by the Managing Director who was at the scene at the time.
A statement signed by Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, NNPC, Garba Deen Muhammad, said the incident, which occurred on January 1st in less than two hours, was caused by a spark as a 33,000 litre truck was discharging naphtha into a tank at the premises of the company.
According to the statement the management of the refinery led by the Managing Director, who was at the scene supervising the operation, immediately mobilized the safety structure at the PHRC and with support from the Federal Fire service, successfully brought the fire under control.
The statement read in part: “The management of the PHRC wishes to reassure Nigerians resident in the neighbourhood of the facility that they have no cause to worry about the incident; and to also affirm that the safety of life and of property is at the top of its priority list.
“The incident affected only the discharging truck and the pump bay. No other property was damaged.
“The management and staff of the PHRC hereby extends its profound appreciations to all those that contributed in bringing a speedy end to the incidence; while wishing all Nigerians a very happy and fulfilling New Year 2022.