Offshore Nigeria, FPSO catches fire and sinks


At Nigeria’s Ukpokiti Terminal, a floating production, storage, and offloading (FPSO) vessel burst, caught fire, and sank. 

Shebah Exploration and Production Company Limited (SEPCOL) owns the FPSO Trinity Spirit. SEPCOL purchased all of ConocoPhillips’ ownership holding in OML 108 in 2004. 

Furthermore, SEPCOL is owned by a group of Nigerian and international corporations, including Abbeycourt Trading Company, Abbeycourt Petroleum Company, and Allenne Limited.  

The 46-year-old FPSO Trinity Spirit can process up to 22,000 barrels of oil per day, inject up to 40,000 barrels of water per day, and store up to 2 million barrels of oil. It is the major production facility for Offshore Mining License (OML) 108, as well as a government-approved terminal for all OML 108 lifting activities. 

Several local media sites were able to obtain a statement from SEPCOL CEO Ikemefuna Okafor, which may be read in full below. Rigzone sought to contact the firm, but the editorial team has yet to get a response. If and when a response is received, the article will be amended.  

“The Management of SEPCOL now announces the unlucky event of a fire that overtook our offshore facility, the FPSO Trinity Spirit located at the Ukpokiti Terminal, following an explosion during the early hours of Wednesday, February 2, 2022.”  

“The cause of the explosion is being examined, and we are collaborating with the appropriate parties to contain the situation.” 

“At this point, no fatalities have been confirmed, but we can confirm that there were 10 crewmen onboard the vessel prior to the event, and we are prioritizing inquiries into their safety and security”. 

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