The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has allayed the fears of Lagos residents of a possible fire outbreak from a vandalized point on its pipeline at Aboru Canal in Alimosho Council Area.
It said the line in question had been shut down for repairs and currently contains only water.
The corporation in a release by its Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Dr. Kennie Obateru, explained that the Atlas Cove-Mosimi stretch of the System 2B Pipeline was shut down on June 25, 2020, to facilitate comprehensive maintenance of some segments of the pipeline.
The statement was made available to PerSecondnews in Abuja on Thursday.
The NNPC said the repair work had reached advanced stage of completion which involves hydro-testing – a process of pumping of water through the entire pipeline for integrity test and leak detection – to ascertain availability of the pipeline for pumping products.
NNPC noted that following a report from the dedicated patrol team about a leakage at a point in the Aboru Canal this morning, water pumping was suspended immediately at 9:am to enable the maintenance team effect necessary repairs.
The NNPC urged residents of the affected community to remain calm as there is no possibility of a fire erupting from the leakage point.