Addax Petroleum's Obangue site. Image courtesy of Addax Petroleum.

The government of Gabon confirmed on Sunday that a missing oil worker was found dead after an oil tank explosion at an onshore site.

According to Reuters, an unidentified worker for Sinopec’s Addax Petroleum went missing after an oil tank exploded at the Obangue-East producing site in the Dinonga Irondu license. 

Gabon’s Ministry of Mines, Petroleum and Hydrocarbons issued a statement on Sunday confirming that the missing worker was found dead, Le Fiagro said.

Six workers at the site were burned by the explosion and flown to hospitals for medical care, Reuters said.

Addax Petroleum told Reuters that the cause of the accident is still being investigated.

The oil tank involved in the incident contained an estimated 2,000 barrels of oil at the time of the accident, Le Fiagro said.

The majority of Addax’s production in Gabon comes from its three onshore license areas: Dinonga, Irondou and Koula/Damier.

Dinonga and Irondou are operated by Addax Petroleum, while Koula/Damier is operated by Shell Gabon, according to Addax Petroleum’s website.


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