28-inch Bomu – Bonny Trunkline shut down
Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), yesterday reportedly shut the 28-inch Bomu – Bonny Trunkline after discovering a fire on it.
A burning vessel, thought to be involved in the theft of crude oil from the line, was sighted near the incident site, close to Okololunch community in the Eastern Niger Delta.
The line conveys crude oil to Bonny Terminal.
Following this development, some 150,000 barrels of oil per day were deferred.
“This incident clearly demonstrates the scale of the oil theft problem which, alongside the hundreds of illegal refineries in the Delta, is having such a profound effect on the people, communities and the environment,” said Shell’s Vice President for Health, Safety, Environment and Corporate Affairs, Sub-Saharan Africa, Tony Attah. “Until these activities are brought to a halt, there will be no improvement in the environmental situation.”
Corporate Media Relations Manager of Shell Companies in Nigeria (SCiN), Mr. Tony Okonedo, added that a helicopter overfly showed the vessel engulfed in raging flames and thick smoke.
Okonedo said that SPDC was mobilising to fight the fire, investigate the cause and carry out repairs.
He stated: “The Bomu-Bonny trunkline is part of the Trans Niger Pipeline, which itself has been repeatedly targetted by crude thieves. Last year, sabotage and crude oil theft were also the cause of 11,806 barrels spilled from SPDC facilities in 118 incidents.”
Shell has expressed concerns over the increasing cases of organised theft of crude oil in the Niger Delta.