Federal Govt Begins Investigation Into Enugu Gas Flaring

After the miraculous end of the 21-day fire incidence in Caritas University in Amorji-Nike, Enugu State, federal government, the state government and other stakeholders announced plans to jointly investigate the possibilities of hydrocarbon deposit in the state. They also took a decision to avoid such environmental issues that occured in the school premises between May and June.

Owerri zonal coordinator of the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC), Engr Enorense Amadasu disclose that his commission is currently investigating the actual and remote cause of the gas fire and emission incident.

He made the disclosure at at a press conference on the gas emission, gas flare and extinguishing of the fire at the Caritas university.

Engr Amadasu said the NURPC has deployed a manager to be in charge of the area with a mandate to ensure the well is properly secured. “We recognised that we needed to quickly put off the fire because of the challenges inherent in the incidence,” Amdasu said while providing incite into the commission’s effort to put out the fire.

Government had said it would carry out specific detailed study on the environment. Engr Amadasu said NURPC will do various investigative studies in the area. He failed to say when the report of the proposed study would be completed. The zonal coordinator also ruled out the possibility of the suspected gas substance coming out from existential pipeline in the area. He said government would do general survey on gas deposit in the region.

Dr Martin Anagboso who was there when the fire and gas emissions went off said there was no issue of death in the incident as was reported by some an online newspaper. He said the university quickly created an over zone round the fire point to ensure that the fire didn’t extend to other facilities of the university.

Managing director of Welltest Solutions Ltd, a technically advanced software products developer for the analysis of pressure transient tests in oil and gas wells said the place has been safely sealed and secured for human habitation.


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