Shell shuts down Nigeria oil pipeline
01 October 2012, 11:09
Lagos - Royal Dutch Shell PLC says it has shut down a pipeline in
Nigeria's oil-rich southern delta after a fire and a suspected attempt
to steal crude from one of its lines.
In a statement late on
Sunday, Shell said its Nigerian subsidiary shut down the 71cm Bomu-Bonn
trunk line after a fire there on Sunday. Shell said the shutdown of the
line would cut production by about 150 000 barrels of oil a day.
said a helicopter saw a burning ship nearby. It did not discuss how
much oil spilled in what it described as an attempted theft.
produced about 800 000 barrels of oil a day in Nigeria last year.
Militancy in the region has dropped off after a government-sponsored
amnesty programme in 2009. However, violence, kidnappings and crude oil
thefts still occur.