Shell shuts 180,000-bpd oil pipeline, exports threatened - Nigeria Business News

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The nation’s crude oil exports have suffered another setback with the shutdown of the Trans Niger Pipeline, which carries Bonny Light crude, as a precautionary measure after a fire was seen, a spokesman for Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited said on Monday.

The 28-inch TNP, which is operated by the SPDC, was also shut in early June before it was later reopened.

The TNP transports around 180,000 barrels of crude oil per day to the Bonny Export Terminal and is part of the gas liquids evacuation infrastructure, critical for continued domestic power generation (especially at the Afam VI power plant) and liquefied gas exports, Shell said on its website.

It was not clear whether export supplies would be subject to force majeure.

Reuters quoted the SPDC spokesman to have said that a fire was spotted on the “right of way” on the Trans Niger Pipeline at Gio in Ogoniland, one of two pipelines that export Bonny Light crude oil.

Article publié le mercredi 28 septembre 2016
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