Oil and gas firm, Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited on Monday shut the Trans Niger Pipeline, one of the two major pipelines transporting the nation’s reference crude oil grade, Bonny Light, for export.
This is coming one month after the oil major was forced to shut the pipeline, which was later reopened after repairs.
The TNP transports around 180,000 barrels of crude oil per day to the Bonny Export Terminal and is part of the gas liquids evacuation infrastructure, critical for continued domestic power generation at the Afam VI power plant, and liquefied gas exports, Shell said on its website.
The spokesperson for the SPDC, Mr. Bamidele Odugbesan, told our correspondent that the shutdown was as a result of a leak at Bio in Ogoniland, Rivers State.
Recalling that the TNP was shut in June after a leak was found, he said, “Investigation then established that it was a third-party interference and that was resolved.
“This is a fresh leak and we are working towards a joint investigation visit to determine the cause.”
Asked when the pipeline would likely come back on stream, Odugbesan, said, “We can’t determine that at this moment, because we still have to conduct a joint investigation visit.”