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Delta Tank Farm Fire: 12 Workers Injured, Facility Worth Millions Of Naira Destroyed 

Rita Enemuru, Reporting

Reports say no fewer than 12 workers have sustained varying degrees of injuries aftermath of the explosion that rocked Matrix Tank Farm at Ifiekporo in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State.

Stonix News had reported that the energy facility was gutted by fire on Friday night following an explosion from the gas component of the tank farm.

The clangorous explosion had sparked panic in the area, and 12 persons comprising workers had been reportedly hospitalized at the Ogiame Ikenwoli Hospital in Ubeji, Warri, where they are receiving treatment.

Besides, the explosion had caused a collateral damage worth millions of naira to the oil and gas facility.

Meanwhile, the Delta State government, on Saturday, represented by the state Commissioner for Oil and Gas, Prince Emmanuel Amgbaduba and Commissioner for Special Duties, Mr. Johnbull Edema, visited the facility to ascertain the damage.

The delegation, accompanied by the chairman of Warri South LGA, Dr. Micheal Tidi, also visited Ogiame Ikenwoli Hospital, Ubeji, where the victims were receiving treatment.

Taking turns to speak after inspecting the affected area, the Commissioner for Oil and Gas, Prince Amgbaduba, said the delegation was at Matrix Tank Farm at the instance of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.

He said they were sent by Governor Okowa to visit the scene to ascertain the cause and level of damage recorded during the incident.

Head of the Tank Farm, Oghale Oyibo, while conducting the delegation round the premises, disclosed that investigation into the incident had commenced.

She explained that the fire started about 7:05p.m and was successfully put out at about 10:20p.m through the collaborative efforts of firefighters with support from members of the host communities.

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