By OBAFEMI OREDEIN
IBADAN -- Royal Dutch Shell's Nigerian unit said that it has
shut down the Trans Niger Pipeline, or TNP, to repair new leaks
at Bodo West and Oloma which resulted from the theft of crude
Precious Okolobo, spokesman for Shell Petroleum Development
Corp. of Nigeria, said in a statement that the company has
declared force majeure on Bonny Light exports and deferred some
He said 500 MMscfpd of gas to the Nigeria liquefied natural
gas plant, or NLNG, have also been deferred.
"The TNP has repeatedly been targeted and closed down five
times since early July due to multiple leaks from crude theft
connections," Mr. Okolobo said.
He said the company was working to "repair and reopen the
line as soon as possible."
The TNP, which carries 150,000 bopd through the Niger Delta
to the Bonny Export terminal, was also shut down on July 11,
according to Shell.
Force majeure is declared when a company is unable to
fulfill its contractual obligations to deliver crude or gas due
to circumstances beyond its control.
The latest shutdown underscores that fact that, despite a
government crackdown, oil theft and damage to pipelines remain
a persistent problem in Nigeria, Africa's largest oil
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corp., said Nigeria's oil
production has risen to 2.4 MMbpd due to positive developments
from efforts to curb oil theft and vandalism
The NNPC in a statement said criminal activity forced the
shut down of three major trunk lines, shutting in 400,000
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