Royal Dutch Shell has shut its major crude oil pipeline in Ogoniland in Rivers state, after discovering a major fire break out on it, cutting Nigeria’s daily oil production level.
The affected Trans Niger pipeline (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 (especially at the Afam VI power plant) and liquefied gas exports, Shell said on its website.
Shell Spokesman, Precious Okolobo, said it was not yet clear if the incident would affect export of Bonny Light crude until its investigation determine the cause of the fire and the extent of the damage to the pipeline.
A joint investigation visit will determine the cause and impact of the fire,” the Shell spokesman said.
Bonny Light crude is also exported via the Nembe Creek Trunk Line.
On Saturday, the Niger Delta Avengers, a group that has claimed responsibility for a string of attacks on Nigerian oil infrastructure this year, said it had struck a Bonny Light pipeline, ending several weeks of calm under a ceasefire with the government.
A spokesman for the militants said in an emailed statement that the attack on Saturday was in the sea near Bonny Island, making it unclear whether the incidents were related.