The fire incident at the Suleja Depot on Sunday would not affect adequate supply of petroleum products in the Federal Capital Territory, Niger and Nassarawa states, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, said in a statement.
A truck was burnt at the sump pit of the Suleja Depot while evacuating mixed products meant to be decanted to the slop tank.
Nigeria Pipeline and Storage Company, NPSC, Managing Director, Barrister Luke Anele, said a team of NNPC and Niger State Fire Service officials rapidly put off the fire, which took place at about 4 o’clock in the morning. Mr. Anele said no depot equipment was damaged by the inferno.
Barrister Anele clarified that the fire incident did not affect the loading section of the depot, assuring that normal loading, bridging and dispatch of products have continued.
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Group Managing Director, Dr. Maikanti Baru has been fully briefed on the incident.
“Facilities in the depots are in good shape,” Nigeria Pipeline and Storage Company, NPSC, Managing Director, Barrister Luke Anele, said.
NNPC assures the public of adequate sufficiency in products, urging motorists and other consumers not to engage in panic buying.
NPSC is a subsidiary of NNPC which manages pipelines, depots and pump stations among others across the federation.