The death of seven oil workers who were killed in an explosion which happened ar Gbetiokun, OML 40 operated by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) on behalf of the NPDC/Elcrest Joint Venture has been confirmed by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

This was contained in a statement released by the corporation.

According to the statement, the incident occurred on Wednesday, July 8 during the installation of a ladder on a platform (Benin River Valve Station) for access during discharging of Gbetiokun production.

A detailed investigation into the cause of the explosion has commenced as contained in the statement.

”The bodies of casualties have been deposited in a morgue in Sapele, while families of the personnel involved are being contacted by their employers: Weld Affairs and Flow Impact, which are consultants to NPDC.” the statement adds.

In a related story, WITHIN NIGERIA reported that tragedy as a 28-year-old suspected pipeline vandal identified Abu Shehu reportedly lost his life while trying to siphon fuel from a vandalized NNPC pipeline in Gwacipe village, Gurara local government area in Niger state.