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Shell shuts Nembe creek pipeline

27 February 2014, 13:31

Delta -  Shell has shut the Nembe creek pipeline to stop a leak caused by oil theft and sabotage, a spokesman said on Thursday, without disclosing the volume of output loss.

"We closed the Nembe Creek Trunkline on Sunday for the removal of crude theft points," spokesman Precious Okolobo said.

Shell has deployed engineers to repair the pipeline in the Niger Delta region, which feeds the Bonny exports terminal and would reopen "as soon as repair works are completed", he added.

Oil majors do not usually give information on production losses.

According to reports in the media, it is estimated that about 95,000 barrels of crude per day might have been shut in as a result of the closure.

The Nembe pipeline has been hit repeatedly by sabotage and theft.

While Shell blames most of the spills on sabotage, activists argue that the company does not do enough to prevent such incidents and effectively clean up the damage when they do occur.

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