By Ejiofor Alike
The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) operated Joint Venture Thursday night said it had shut in the 24-inch Trans Niger Pipeline (TNP) as a result of a confirmed leak on the line at the Bomu-Bonny section at Owokiri.
With the 28-inch TNP already shut for the removal of illegal oil theft connections, a total of¬† about 150,000 barrels per day of oil had been deferred, the company said.
Shell’s Corporate Media Relations Manager, Mr. Tony Okonedo, said in a statement late Thursday night that the details of the latest incident, including¬† the cause and size of spill were unclear at the moment.
Okonedo, said¬† the TNP had been variously targeted by crude oil thieves in recent months and shut down several times to enable the removal of theft points.
He further disclosed that the¬† relevant authorities had been notified of the incident, adding that the SPDC was mobilising to respond as quickly as possible with a¬† joint investigation visit (JIV) and repairs, preparatory to clean up.
“The cause is not clear at this time but a joint investigation visit will follow to determine what happened,” he said.
He, however, could not disclose how much oil that was spilled.