Mutiu-SunmonuThe Shell Petroleum Development Company Limited has intensified efforts targeted at completing the cleanup of a major oil spill in Rivers State.

The accident occurred following frequent attack on its Trans Niger Pipeline (TNP), which enhances the production and export of Bonny Light, Nigeria’s premium oil grade.

Consequently, the nation’s has suspended the production of 150,000 barrels per day following fresh attack on Shell Petroleum Development Company Trans Niger Pipeline, TNP.

The attack recorded on Tuesday culminated in the complete shut of the entire 28-inch pipeline which facilitates the production and export of Bonny Light, Nigeria’s premium crude oil grade.

Spokesman of the firm, Mr. Precious Okolobo who confirmed the development in a statement stated, “A fire outbreak was reported today (October 14) within the SPDC JV rightof- way at Patrick Waterside, Bodo, Ogoniland and close to the Trans Niger Pipeline (TNP), even as investigations and repair work continue on last week’s spills in the area.

He stated, “The entire TNP system, comprising the 24-inch line and 28 inch line had been closed on October 9 as a precautionary response to the spills, but the 28” TNP was reopened shortly after investigations established that the leaks were on the 24 inch line only.

“The 28-inch TNP has now been shut in again due to the fire at Patrick Waterside. The fire has now gone out but the 28-inch will remain closed until checks are carried out, he stated.

The Okolobo said this means that the entire TNP is shut-in, resulting in production of 150,000 barrels of oil per day being deferred. The force majeure on Bonny Light exports remains in place.

Okolobo stated, “Investigations into the earlier incidents showed that unknown persons had drilled holes on the 24-inch TNP at B-Dere, while an excavation was observed at Bodo West. Investigation into the spill at Nonwa – Tai is continuing.

He stated that SPDC is taking appropriate actions to minimize impact on the environment and ensure the safety of members of the community, SPDC staff and its contractors.

Okolobo stated, “SPDC will initiate clean-up and remediation, as well as provide relief materials and compensate those who may be impacted upon establishment of volume and impact of any operational spill as determined by the JIV report.

The Country Chair and Managing director of the firm, Mr. Mutiu Sunmonu stated in a recent report that: “As a Nigerian, and one who has spent a great deal of my career in the Niger Delta, my greatest immediate concern is the issue of crude oil theft, which is an increasingly dangerous menace.

He said, the volume currently being stolen is the highest in the last three years, with over 60,000 barrels per day from SPDC facilities alone.

Sunmonu said this is a huge loss, and the effects of this industrial scale theft are devastating for both the people and the environment.

He said most of the stolen crude makes its way to the international market and a smaller percentage is refined locally, with thick smoke from illegal refineries lining the shore in many parts of the Delta.

Sunmonu stated, “The land, shorelines and water are heavily polluted with oil as a result of these activities. This is a crisis situation because the solution is beyond the capacity of any individual company.

He stated, “Our concern is that, if these activities continue at this rate, the effects would be devastating, not only to the social and environmental structure of many areas of the Niger Delta, but also to Nigeria’s economy.”


Information from National Mirror was used in this report.