Nigeria: Third Party Intervention Alleged in Bonny Light Crude Pipeline Shut Down

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Nigeria: Third Party Intervention Alleged in Bonny Light Crude Pipeline Shut Down

Tue, 10/18/2016 - 13:54
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An Engineer Working on a Shell Oil-platform off the Coast of Nigeria (Copyright Shell)
An Engineer Working on a Shell Oil-platform off the Coast of Nigeria (Copyright Shell)

A fire arose around one of the two pipelines transporting Bonny light crude to the Forcados terminal in the Niger Delta, effectively shutting the pipeline down and removing 180 000 bpd from Shell's Nigerian exports.

While the so-called Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) claimed responsibility for the disruption, a Shell spokesman said a joint investigation visit will determine the cause and impact of the fire.

Meanwhile, the government of Nigeria is suing Shell, along with Eni, Chevron, Total, and Petrobras, on allegations that they stole some US$12.7 billion worth of crude by either declaring a smaller amount at the departure of tankers from the Nigerian coast than the amount arriving in the U.S., or by not declaring crude oil cargos at all.

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