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Nigeria’s revenue woes worsen as major trouble hit Forcados, oil lifting suspended

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Emmanuel Mayah: 18 FEB 2016

Nigeria’s crude oil export operation has suffered a serious setback following a major crack-up of a giant underwater pipeline at the Forcados export terminal.

Following the incident, crude oil lifting h‎as now been suspended at that platform, officials said.

The pipeline, described as a big artery in the nation’s oil production was said to have suffered a huge rupture under circumstances that are at the moment still hazy.

Nigeria is already bleeding from the impact of low oil prices, with revenue dipping month after month.

Oil majors most hit by disasters at this terminal include Shell and Septlat.

PREMIUM TIMES gathered that the latest incident at Forcados occurred about 10.55pm last Saturday but it wasn’t until Sunday that Shell discovered a spill.

In a written response to PREMIUM TIMES enquiry, Precious Okolobo, Media Relations Manager of Shell, said his company was already investigating the source of a crude oil spill observed on water around Forcados Terminal on Sunday February 14.

He said the initial investigation would enable the company to quickly determine what suitable response was further needed.

According to Mr. Okolobo, Shell’s joint venture and third party production into the terminal has been suspended as a precautionary measure while the company’s Emergency Response and Oil Response teams have been activated to manage the incident.

In what appears as a large-scale disaster management, Shell said booms and other oil containment resources were being deployed to the area to try to stop the spread of spilled oil.

“The support of industry group, Clean Nigeria Associates (CNA), has been enlisted for a comprehensive response to the spill,” Mr Okolobo said.

”The relevant authorities including security agencies have been informed of the incident, preparatory to a joint investigation visit which will determine the cause and volume of oil spilled.”

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