Nigeria’s Trans Forcados crude pipeline remains closed after fire


By Julia Payne and Libby George

LONDON, May 21 – Nigeria’s Trans Forcados pipeline remains closed but no force majeure has been declared, a Shell spokeswoman said on Tuesday, after a fire broke out on Sunday.

The shutdown is a blow to the Forcados exports of roughly 240,000 barrels a day. Shell manages the crude export terminal, while Heritage Energy operates the pipeline.

A spokesman for Heritage said on Monday there was a fire near the pipeline on Sunday but did not say whether the pipeline itself was affected.

Heritage did not immediately respond to request for comment on Tuesday.

“The fire is still raging,” said Collins Edema, who lives near the site of the incident.

“The pipeline is long due for replacement and leaks from time to time. Repairs were going on there on a leaking portion when the fire broke out, burning the pipeline, the pumping machine and other equipment the contractors were using for repairs,” he said. (Reporting by Julia Payne; additional reporting by Libby George in Abuja, Tife Owolabi in Yenagoa and Anamesere Igboeroteonwu in Onitsha; writing by Paul Carsten; editing by Jason Neely and Louise Heavens)

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Godwin Okafor is a Financial Journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Naija247news Media Limited. He has over 16 years experience in financial journalism. His experience cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career at Business Day, Nigeria and founded Naija247news Media in 2010. Godwin holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos. He is an alumni of Lagos Business School and a Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists). Over the years, he has won a number of journalism awards. Godwin is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.


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