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Minor fire at Port Harcourt refinery put out, authorities say

 

 

The early Saturday morning fire at the Port Harcourt Refining Company (PHRC) has been put out, authorities have said.

 

As a result of the fire, activities at the company in Eleme Local Government Area of Rivers State was temporarily disrupted, Persecondnews gathered.

 

The incident, which was contained in less than two hours, was caused by a spark while a 33,000 litre truck was discharging naphtha into a tank at the PHRC, a statement signed by the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, NNPC, Garba Deen Muhammad,  said.

 

It said: “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.

 

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“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.”

 

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