Trans Niger Pipeline shut down again because of leaks blamed on oil theft
LAGOS — Shell Nigeria says it has shut down the 24-inch part of its Trans Niger Pipeline because of an oil leak.
The 28-inch part of the Trans Niger Pipeline has been closed since a June 19 leak caused by oil theft.
The pipeline funnels 150,000 barrels of crude oil daily.
Shell says it loses 60,000 barrels a day to theft. Human rights groups say the company sometimes blames theft to avoid paying damages to local communities and to avert criticism of corrosion of the 48-year-old pipeline.
Oil theft is common and sometimes caused by activists critical of Shell’s cleanup record.