Exxon Mobil Corp. said separate lightning strikes caused a fire Friday at the Mobil Producing Nigeria Qua Iboe Terminal in Akwa Ibom state and also caused an oil spill today.

In a statement emailed to Bloomberg, Exxon said offshore production and loading of oil continue.

No fatalities or injuries were reported, Bloomberg said.

Exxon said it hasn’t calculated the amount of oil lost in the fire or the spill.

“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 Monday, resulting in a spill, the report said.

Emergency response systems were activated to contain it, shoreline restoration has begun and relevant authorities and community leaders notified, according to the statement.


Leave a Reply