SPDC JV shuts in 24 inch Trans Niger Pipeline due to leak
Jul 11, 2013
The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC) operated Joint Venture today (July 11 2013) shut in the 24-inch Trans Niger Pipeline (TNP) as a result of a confirmed leak on this line at the Bomu- Bonny section at Owokiri.
With the 28 inch TNP already shut in for removal of illegal oil theft connections, a total of about 150,000 barrels per day of oil have been deferred.
Details of this latest incident including cause and size of spill are unclear at the moment, but the TNP has been variously targeted by crude oil thieves in recent months and shut down several times to enable the removal of theft points.
The relevant authorities have been notified of the incident and SPDC is mobilizing to respond as quickly as possible with a joint investigation visit (JIV) and repairs, preparatory to clean up.