Abuja - Shell, the biggest crude oil producer in Nigeria and the continent, has closed a major pipeline in the country following a fire fuelled by oil theft.
Managing Director of Shell Nigeria, Mutiu Sunmonu, confirmed the closure of the Trans-Niger pipeline, which was producing 150 000 barrels of oil per day.
The facility is situated at Bodo West in Ogoniland in southern Nigeria.
“Unknown persons continued to reconnect illegal bunkering hoses at Bodo West even as our pipeline teams were removing crude theft points.
"It was therefore not surprising that the fire occurred from the continuing illegal bunkering even as a previous crude oil theft point was being repaired by the team,” Sunmonu said.
Crude oil theft is a major problem in Nigeria, with estimates that the country loses some $6 billion in revenue per year.
- CAJ News