After months of repairs, Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) has restarted the Trans-Forcados crude export pipeline with the completion of the loading of the first tanker – Astro Perseus, at the Forcados terminal, ThisDay reports.

The crude oil tanker, it was learnt, has been scheduled to depart to Takoradi in Ghana. An official of one of the companies that feed crude into the Forcados stream said at the weekend that ‘skeletal’ loading had resumed at the facility with the loading of the first tanker – Astro Perseus.

According to him, a second crude oil tanker, Densa Orca, had arrived at the Forcados export terminal since May 22, at the instance of Vitol, which will load crude within the first week of June.

“After Vitol, other oil trading companies such as Oando and Sahara Energy will likely load the next cargoes. Liftings have not resumed fully as the pipeline is still being test-run; it is still a sort of skeletal loadings. That is why Shell has not lifted the force majeure declared after the bombing incident in February 2016,” he explained.