LAGOS, Sept 17 (Reuters) – Nigeria’s Nembe Creek Trunk Line (NCTL), which exports Bonny Light crude oil, was shut down and placed under force majeure last week, a spokesman for operator Aiteo said on Tuesday.
The spokesman did not give a reason for the shutdown.
The pipeline is one of two that exports Bonny Light, so the terminal is currently loading only from the Trans Niger Pipeline, a spokesman for terminal operator Shell said.
Reuters reports that a spokesperson for Iteo – an indigenous petroleum exploration and production company, revealed this on Tuesday.
According to the official, the pipeline which conveys between 100,000 and 150,000 barrels of oil per day, was shut down last week.
No reason was, however, offered for the latest fault on the important crude oil transport channel, which delivers the product to the Bonny Export Terminal in Port Harcourt – the Rivers State capital.
Reuters quotes a source in Shell as saying that the Trans-Niger pipeline was the only conduit for the much sort after Bonny light.
NCTL was in April 2019 put under force majeure due to a fire outbreak. The pipeline was reopened in May and has now been shut down again.