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More trouble as SPDC shuts Trans Niger Pipeline export route in Ogoni



The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited says it has shut the Trans Niger Pipeline in Gio, Tai Local Government Area of Rivers.

In a statement in Port Harcourt on Tuesday, Mr Joe Obari, SPDC spokesman, said a fire was observed on the right of way of the Trans Niger Pipeline at Gio in Ogoni land.

He said, “This is also the right of way of the Bonny–Refinery pipeline belonging to the Petroleum Products Marketing Company, a subsidiary of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.”

Obari said that a joint investigation visit would determine the cause and impact of the fire.

The Trans Niger Pipeline is one of two major pipelines that carries the Bonny Light crude grade for export.

Force majeure was declared earlier in May by Shell on Bonny Light exports after the NCTL was closed.

SPDC shut the TNP as a precautionary measure pending the investigation.

The Anglo-Dutch oil giant is joined at TNP by the NNPC, French multinational company, Total and Italian major Eni’s subsidiary Agip.

The shutdown comes as repairs are completed on the Nembe Creek Trunk Line that also moves the major export grade.(NAN)