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upstreamonline.com: Fire rages on Trans-Niger pipe

By Upstream staff

A fire has broken out on the Shell-operated Trans-Niger oil export pipeline in Nigeria, but oil loadings have so far not been affected, the supermajor said today.

The cause of the fire, which started on a section of the Trans-Niger pipeline in the Ogoni area in the southern state of Rivers state on Sunday, has yet to be ascertained, a company spokesman said.

The Ogoni area been calm for sometime now, but a longstanding dispute with Shell, which shut the company’s operations there for years is yet to be resolved.

A second fire was also reported on another pipeline that feeds Nigeria’s biggest oil refinery in Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers state, the spokesman told Reuters.
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01 April 2008 13:25 GMT  | last updated: 01 April 2008 13:25 GMT

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