Oil thieves disrupt Nigeria pipeline

2012-11-12 11:38

Lagos - Royal Dutch Shell PLC says it has shut down a pipeline in Nigeria's oil-rich southern delta after finding leaks it blamed on oil thieves.

In a statement, Shell said its Nigerian subsidiary shut down the Imo River trunk line which had six "theft points". It said the shutdown of the line would cut production by about 25 000 barrels of oil a day.

Shell said sabotage has been responsible for 25 of 26 spills on the Imo River this year, which released nearly 3 000 barrels into the river and other waterways.

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 program in 2009. However, violence, kidnappings and crude oil thefts still occur.

  • npretorius2 - 2012-11-12 12:23

    Finding oil in Africa is a curse, not a blessing... Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Angola.

      omo.naija.750 - 2012-11-12 14:57

      I agree with you,i just wish it will dry up.It has been nothing but a source of misery and modern enslavement for Nigerians. Funny though how shell always seems to blame oil thieves but are unable to present any evidence to back up their claims.Several petitions have seen sent to them over the past decade to force them to take photographic evidence of any damage done to the pipelines but such evidence has never been produced. It is always easy to blame it on oil thieves since this is Africa and an African is always a suspect.I once again challenge Shell to provide photographic evidence including GPS coordinates of the location of the vandalized pipelines.

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