The Shell Petroleum Development Company SPDC yesterday announced immediate stoppage of operations in its Nembe Creek Trunkline (NCTL) due to a spill in the pipeline.
The shutdown took effect at 4pm a statement issued by the company said. It said a leak was observed last Sunday and that the "cause will be determined by a Joint Investigation Visit, which will be scheduled once the leak point has been excavated."
The company said it was mobilising a team to repair the line after the investigation after which it will be reopened for operations.
There has been a recent upsurge in crude oil theft activities. The oil companies and the federal government have repeatedly said crude theft was impacting negatively on their respective revenues. Daily Trust could not confirm if the Nembe Creek Trunkline spill was a direct result of the activities of pipeline vandals.
There has been frequent shutdown on the NCTL, resulting in frequent production shutdown and massive oil spills blighting the environment. Between the 22nd and 25th of February, 12 flowstations producing into the pipeline were shut down by safety systems three times due to oil theft, SPDC said.