The Trans Niger Pipeline in Gio, Tai Local Government Area of Rivers state has been shut by Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) of Nigeria Limited.
This was disclosed in a statement issued by the SPDC spokesman, Mr Joe Obari in Port Harcourt on Tuesday. The spokesman said that a fire was observed on the right of way of the pipeline (TNP) at in Ogoni land.
Obari said pipeline is also the right of way of the Bonny–Refinery pipeline belonging to the Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC), a subsidiary of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
He said that a joint investigation would determine the cause and impact of the fire.
“SPDC has shut the TNP as a precautionary measure pending the investigation,” he said.
It was not clear whether Shell was referring to the same BonnyCrude Export pipeline, which the Niger Delta Avengers claimed its men damaged on Friday last week.
The Trans Niger Pipeline is one of two major pipelines that carries the Bonny Light crude grade for export.
The Anglo-Dutch oil giant is joined at TNP by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporaton (NNPC), French multinational company, Total and Italian major Eni’s subsidiary Agip.
The shutdown comes as repairs are completed on the Nembe Creek Trunk Line (NCTL) that also moves the major export grade.
It is not clear whether this is linked to the recent report of act of sabotage by the Niger Delta militant group, Avengers, as Shell had initially declined to confirm the report or whether oil export has been compromised.