The management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC has confirmed that there was a minor fire incident in the Topping Unit of the Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company, WRPC.
The fire, according to a statement by the corporation’s acting Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Tumini Green, was however promptly brought under control through the combined effort of the fire department and other staff of the refinery.
Green explained that the fire which started around 11am was successfully extinguished without any fatality, noting that the Unit involved was promptly isolated and shut down for safety.
Green stated that that the exact cause of the fire was being investigated by the management of the refinery, adding that appropriate steps would be taken to forestall future occurrence.
The NNPC spokesperson noted that preparations are under way for re-streaming of the affected unit. “We wish to seize this opportunity to reassure members of the general public that the NNPC continues to hold sufficient stock of premium motor spirit(petrol) and other petroleum products and therefore there is no cause for panic buying”, Green stated.