Three Oil Workers Killed in Explosion Offshore Nigeria

Wole Agunbiade, a spokesman for Chevron Nigeria, said on Tuesday that the bodies of three Nigerian workers were found Tuesday after the barge they were on exploded Sunday near the company's Opuekeba oil field. The dead men worked for a contractor hired by Chevron Nigeria, a subsidiary of ChevronTexaco. The spokesman declined to name the contractor.

Other workers suffered minor injuries in the blast and were treated at a Chevron hospital at the nearby Escravos export terminal, Agunbiade said.

The Opuekeba field produces up to 22,000 barrels per day, making up less than five percent of Chevron's daily Nigerian output of 450,000 barrels per day.

The cause of the blast hasn't yet been established and an investigation is underway.