The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) operated Joint Venture last night, said it had declared force majeure on export of 150,000 barrels per day of Bonny Light grade of crude oil and gas supply to the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Limited.
The declaration of force majeure, which took effect yesterday, followed the shut down of the 24-inch Trans Niger Pipeline (TNP), one of the company’s two major pipelines in the Eastern Niger Delta.
Shell’s Corporate Media Relations Manager, Mr. Tony Okonedo, said in a statement that the declaration of force majeure was to allow the company repair new crude oil theft leaks at Bodo West and Oloma, adding that some 150,000 barrels of oil and 500 million standard cubic feet of gas per day were deferred.
“The TNP has been repeatedly targeted and closed down five times since early July due to multiple leaks from crude theft connections. SPDC is working to repair and reopen the line as soon as possible,” he said.
SPDC had earlier shut down the TNP as a result of a confirmed leak on the line at the Bomu-Bonny section at Owokiri.
Okonedo said the TNP had been variously targeted by crude oil thieves in recent months and shut down several times to enable the removal of theft points.
He further disclosed that the relevant authorities had been notified of the incident, adding that the SPDC was mobilising to respond as quickly as possible with a joint investigation visit (JIV) and repairs, preparatory to clean up.
Information from This Day was used in this report.