Shell: New leaks close major Nigeria oil pipeline

2013-10-11 08:01

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Lagos - Shell Nigeria says new leaks have forced it to close the Trans-Niger Pipeline that carries 150 000 barrels of crude daily, 10 days after the pipeline was reopened following repairs for leaks.

Spokesperson Precious Okolobo said in a statement on Wednesday night that a team has been dispatched to repair leaks at three places in the southern Niger Delta's Ogoniland. A joint investigation including community leaders will determine the cause and impact of the spills.

Shell Nigeria said in July the pipeline is safe despite suffering 25 leaks in two years - most blamed on theft estimated at 60 000 barrels a day.

Human rights groups say the company sometimes blames theft to avoid paying damages to local communities and to avert criticism about corrosion on the 48-year-old pipeline.
Read more on:    royal dutch shell  |  nigeria  |  west africa  |  environment

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