Shell is testing Nigeria’s Trans Forcados crude export pipeline for a potential restart with the Astro Perseus tanker expected to load the first cargo by the weekend, Reuters reports.

The pipeline has been mostly shut down since it was bombed by militants in February 2016. After repairs, exports briefly resumed in October until a fresh attack forced another shutdown in early November.

Before the attacks, the Forcados stream accounted for 200,000-240,000 barrels per day (bpd). No loading programme is expected to be issued until the pipeline is fully tested.

 

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