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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.

Shell said a helicopter saw a burning ship nearby. It did not discuss how much oil spilled in what it described as an attempted theft.

Shell 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.

- AP


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