The Pipelines and Products Marketing Company said on Friday it has shut down one of its network lines in the South-West due to explosion.
The Manager (Public Affairs and External Relations) in the company, Mr. Nasir Imodagbe, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that the explosion occurred on Thursday.
Imodagbe said the explosion was caused by vandals who attempted to siphon petroleum products from the network at Arepo along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
NAN reports that the line tagged, “System 2B Network”, is the channel that pumps petroleum products from Atlas Cove in Lagos to other depots in the south-west.
He said the explosion was reported at about 11.30 p.m., which prompted the management to shut the network lines.
“Supplies will be restored as soon as the damage pipelines are repaired,” Imodagbe told NAN.
He said the explosion might have been caused by the speed boat brought by the vandals.
He was silent about causalities from the explosion.
``What I can tell you is that this is not the first time that a pipeline will explode in that area.
“It is difficult to provide security in the place because it is a swampy area.
``The Nigerian Police Force, the Nigerian Civil Defence Corps and the community’s vigilante monitor all the pipeline passing through the area,’’ he said.
He said that continuous vandalism of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation’s pipelines had remained a threat to the country’s economy and human lives.