24 April 2019

Nigeria: Aiteo Commences Remedial Actions On Nembe Trunk Line

Aiteo has stated that the fire reported within its Right of Way (ROW) of the Nigeria's Nembe Creek Trunk Line (NCTL) on Sunday has been completely put out, adding that remedial actions were being undertaken to restore operations.

Nembe Creek Trunk Line (NCTL) is a 97 kilometre, 150,000 barrels of oil per day pipeline which leads to the export terminal at Bonny Island, Rivers State.

According to the firm, the security team conducted further inspections at various times yesterday and confirms this position.

The NCTL, one of the two major lines transporting Bonny Light crude oil, was shut on Sunday after a fire prompted a force majeure, operator Aiteo said.

Aiteo said its emergency response team was activated once it was notified of the fire and it was forced to shut the line.

The line was operating smoothly before the incident, fuelling suspicion that the fire could have been caused by a third party breach on the pipeline, Aiteo had explaind.

"In line with regulatory requirements, a Joint Investigation Visit (JIV) comprising security and regulatory agencies as well as community representatives and Aiteo personnel will be constituted and deployed to the site to attend to the necessary incident formalities. This team is expected at the incident site imminently.

"The Joint Task Force on Security team has confirmed that sabotage of the pipeline at Awoba was responsible; has identified some culprits and is set to act as is necessary.

"Aiteo is working on further site preparation and mobilisation of specialised equipment to the swamps for further remedial action to facilitate a quick return to full functionality. Further information will be made available as soon as these occur", the statement from the company read in part.

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