Shell Nigeria reopens pipeline, oil spilled
LAGOS – Royal Dutch Shell has reopened the Trans Niger Pipeline after repairing a valve point and removing oil theft connections, it said on Friday, but a local environmental NGO said 6,000 barrels of oil had been spilled.
The pipeline (TNP) was closed on June 20 after an explosion and fire at a “crude theft point” deferring 150,000 barrels per day.
“The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) has repaired the valve point and removed six other crude oil theft connections,” the company said in a statement.
A member of an environmental watchdog, who declined to be named, said he had seen large amounts of oil that had spilled into the waters around the pipeline over the past few days.