The energy sector wants to give its full support to the people of Equatorial Guinea and calls on the international community and their African compatriots to come together, lend a hand and #PrayForEquatorialGuinea.
Equatorial Guinea has left at least 20 dead and more than 600 injured in a series of explosions at a military base in the city of Bata.
The explosion that occurred at around 4 p.m. on Sunday caused severe damage to many houses and buildings in Bata. In an official statement, President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo said the explosion was “caused by the negligence of the unit responsible for storing explosives, dynamite and ammunition at the Nkoa Ntoma military camp”. Further, he explained that “these caught fire due to the burning of stubble by farmers in their fields, which eventually detonated these deposits successively.”
The head of state appealed to the international community for help and recognized the extent of the impact the explosions will have on the economy of the country – which has already been hit hard by the pandemic and falling oil prices as an oil dependent country.
“We are shocked by this tragedy and this pain. We must not dwell on the past or get stuck in sorrow, “said NJ Ayuk, executive chairman of the African Energy Chamber.” No one is more resilient than the citizens of Bata and the people of Equatorial Guinea, and I have no doubts that they will. As a business community, we must focus on supporting the government in its building efforts. It needs to be rebuilt not as it had been, but it is an opportunity to build Bata as it should, ”Ayuk concluded.
In the aftermath of this tragic event, we urge the oil and gas community to mobilize its community expertise, capacities and resources to assist with relief and recovery efforts in coordination with the government.