Eket - Mobil Producing Nigeria (MPN) on Wednesday said it could not meet its contractual obligations to crude oil buyers due to the Nov. 9 oil spill in its field.
Mobil is the operator at the Qua Iboe oil terminal where the Nov. 9 oil spill discharged heavy volumes of oil into the Atlantic Ocean creating serious environmental discomfort.
A statement from the oil firm made available to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Eket, said that the oil firm had declared a ‘Force Majeure’ on its Qua Iboe crude streams.
The statement signed by Mr Paul Arinze, the company’s General Manager, Public and Government Relation, apologised for the inconvenience caused by the incident.
Force Majeure frees a company from legal liabilities caused by circumstances beyond its control.
``Mobil Producing Nigeria, operator of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC)/MPN Joint Venture today confirms that it has declared a Force Majeure due to the difficulty in meeting projected lifting.
``This is because of repair work on a section of pipeline affected in a Nov. 9 oil release incident.
``We are working to minimise down-time period and have notified appropriate regulatory agencies and purchasers. We regret any inconveniences this may cause our customers,” he said.
MPN had in a statement confirmed that an oil spill caused by a ruptured pipeline at its oil facility off Akwa Ibom discharged some 200 barrels of crude into the Atlantic Ocean.
The company was compelled to shut down and isolate the pipeline which conveys crude from the oil fields to processing and storage tanks in Ibeno, Akwa Ibom.