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Total intensifies Forcados cleaning exercise

22 February 2016, 17:41Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) has intensified recovery of oil from last week's spill at the Forcados Terminal export pipeline.

Industry group Clean Nigeria Associates (CNA) and other oil companies supported the efforts.

General Manager of External Relations at SPDC, Igo Weli, said SPDC had deployed specialised equipment to contain the spill.

SPDC has also mobilised clean-up teams and contracted a specialised aircraft to join in the response.

"Production into the terminal and crude oil exports were stopped soon after the spill was discovered," said Weli.

He added that the diving teams which inspected the 48-inch diameter export pipeline, reported extensive damage that was consistent with the application of external force.

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"Following this incident, the SPDC Joint Venture is working with relevant government agencies to review the security situation around its critical assets in the Niger Delta," Weli said.

Weli said this incident was regrettable but their response was comprehensive.

Such measures include multiple flights over the affected area to monitor the impact and deployment of clean-up experts from within and outside Nigeria.

Weli said oil recovery would continue as they finalised repair plans pending the conclusion of the ongoing Joint Investigation Visit (JIV) process.

"We appreciate the support of the communities, regulators and security agencies who are taking part in the investigation," he said

Weli also revealed that the company had procured relief material for distribution to communities.

- CAJ News

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