One of the many small oil terminals (oil depots) at the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC) on Friday, November 1, burst open, causing a spill of at least 500,000 gallons of crude oil (petroleum production) that soon began flowing into the ocean, it was reported.
The cost of the loss, according to an LPRC official who asked for anonymity, was put at about US$1.7 million.
According to eyewitnesses, one of the technical operational staff at the entity, who was only identified as Kromah, was working on the terminal, when the damage occurred. Though they did not say what Kromah was doing around the terminal, they said that the rupture quickly claimed the attention of every one that was in and around LPRC’s yard.
According to eyewitnesses, Kromah, who was immediately rushed to a hospital (not named) following the incident, may likely lose his sight as a result of the severe injuries he sustained.
Authorities at the entities are yet to comment on what caused the damage when contacted by reporters, who trooped to the scene. However, they informed journalists that an official statement will be issued by the Managing Director of LPRC, but up to press time, that statement had not been released.