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Shell closes Nigerian oil pipeline again due to leak

The latest incident underscores how, despite a government crackdown, oil theft remains a persistent problem in Nigeria, Africa’s largest oil producer, and continues to disrupt its crude supply.

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07.15.2013  |

By OBAFEMI OREDEIN

IBADAN — Shell’s Nigerian unit has shut a trunk line of the Trans Niger Pipeline following a leak, barely a week after reopening it, the company said.

The latest incident underscores how, despite a government crackdown, oil theft remains a persistent problem in Nigeria, Africa’s largest oil producer, and continues to disrupt its crude supply.

The 24 inch trunk line, which is part of a broader pipeline route that carries 150,000 bpd of oil through the Niger Delta to the Bonny terminal, was shut.

The company said in a statement that “with the 28 inch TNP already shut in for removal of illegal theft connections, a total of about 150,000 barrels per day of oil have been deferred.”

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