Nigerian National Petroleum Corp. Monday said it has shut down a key oil pipeline network in the southeast, following a fire caused by an explosion that was triggered by suspected oil thieves.
The closure of NNPC System 2E pipeline network at the weekend has disrupted the supply of both imported gasoline and output from the 210,000 b/d Port Harcourt refineries to most of Southeast and the Northern Nigeria, an NNPC spokesman said.
The spokesman said 16 people died in the inferno, although local media reported Monday that the death toll had risen to 150. Nigeria’s four state-owned refineries with combined capacity of 445,000 b/d of crude have operated in fits and starts partly because of sabotage attacks on pipelines feeding crude to the refineries.
Source: S&P Global Platts