PIPELINE CLOSURE CUTS 150,000 BPD NIGERIAN OIL EXPORT
The 150,000 barrels of oil per day (bpd) Nembe Creek Trunk Line (NCTL), which exports Nigeria's Bonny Light crude oil, has been closed and placed under riot since last week.
A spokesman for operator of the line, Aiteo, disclosed this to Reuters on Tuesday. He however, did not give a reason for the shutdown.
The Trunk Line, situated in the Niger Delta region, is one of Nigeria's major oil transportation arteries that moves out crude from the Niger Delta to the Atlantic coast for export
A spokesman for terminal operator, Shell, said that the pipeline is one of two that exports Bonny Light, so the terminal is currently loading only from the Trans Niger Pipeline.
The recent shut down came barely five months after the pipeline resumed operations, after a fire outbreak.
In May, the pipeline owners restored normal crude oil transport operations through the pipeline, following a successful completion of repairs on all reported leaks on the pipeline by the company's Emergency Pipeline Repair teams.