Exxon Mobil Corp. said thunderstorms caused a tank fire June 27 and an oil spill today at the Mobil Producing Nigeria Qua Iboe Terminal it operates in Akwa Ibom state.
Offshore production and loading of oil continue, the Irving, Texas-based company said today in a e-mailed statement. No fatalities or injuries were reported. The amount of oil lost to the fire and spill hasn’t been calculated, the company said.
Lightning ignited the tank and the fire was extinguished by noon local time June 27, according to the statement.
Lightning knocked out power to the terminal again today, resulting in a spill. Emergency response systems were activated to contain it, shoreline restoration has begun and relevant authorities and community leaders notified, according to the statement.