Nigeria’s oil export ‘suffers’ as Shell battles pipeline leak


The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) on Friday confirmed four leak points on its Trans Ramos Pipeline in Delta State.

A statement released by the company on Friday said as soon as the leaks were noticed on April 24, SPDC immediately shut down production.

It said the company also deployed containment booms and mobilised its oil spill response teams to clean the sites.

These measures, which are according to SPDC’s standard operating procedures, successfully stopped and contained the spill, the statement said.

“In line with Nigerian oil and gas industry regulations, a Joint Investigation Visit (JIV) team comprising security and regulatory agencies as well as community representatives and SPDC personnel was constituted and deployed to the sites,” the statement added.

The JIV team confirmed four leak points on the pipeline and identified the impacted areas in Odimodi community of the state.

The company noted, however, that the cause of the leaks is yet to be determined as it is working on further site preparation and mobilisation of specialised equipment to the swamps for safe excavation of the pipeline for inspection.

“The JIV team is expected to return to the sites as soon as possible to complete the investigation process ,” the statement said.

The oil major had last week declared force majeure on exports of Bonny Light crude.

The Force majeure, a legal clause that allows companies to cancel or delay deliveries due to unforeseen circumstances, followed the shutdown of the Nembe Creek Trunk Line.

The force majeure declared on Bonny Light exports came after a leak on the 200,000 to 240,000 bpd Trans-Forcados pipeline had also forced a shutdown.

The developments are expected to reduce Nigeria’s oil export.

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