By OBAFEMI OREDEIN
IBADAN -- Royal Dutch Shell's Nigerian unit has reopened a
trunk line of its Trans Niger pipeline in Nigeria that was shut
in July following a leak, the company said.
Precious Okolobo, a Shell spokesman responding to a text
message, said the line was reopened on September 8, but gave no
The 24 inch trunk line, which is part of a broader pipeline
route that carries 150,000 bopd through the Niger Delta to the
Bonny terminal, was shut in July 11, according to Shell.
The company said in a statement that "with the 28 inch TNP
already shut in for removal of illegal theft connections, a
total of about 150,000 bpd had been deferred." Mr. Okolobo said
that the 28 inch section of the TNP is still shut.
The TNP was previously shut down in June following an
explosion and fire at a point that had been targeted by oil
thieves at Bodo West in the Niger delta. Subsequently, Shell
said it re-opened the TNP 24 inch pipeline in the first week of
July after it had repaired the point where crude oil theft led
to an explosion and removed six crude oil connections where
thieves had tapped in.
Dow Jones Newswires