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Shell shuts Utorogu gas plant in Nigeria

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LAGOS, Aug 14 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) said on Friday it had halted its Utorogu gas plant in Nigeria’s southern Niger Delta after an incident on the Escravos-Lagos Pipeline System.

The pipeline system carries gas from the Niger Delta to feed power stations in the southern part of Africa’s most populous nation, including the commercial hub of Lagos, and feeds into the West African gas pipeline structure.

“We have no report of an attack on the Utorogu gas plant,” Shell spokeswoman Caroline Wittgen said.

“However the plant was shut down yesterday because of an incident on the Escravos-Lagos Pipeline System (ELPS). Utorogu produces into the pipeline,” she said.

Utorogu was shut down for several days in April in order to repair a pipeline that was tapped by thieves.

That brief closure of the facility, located in Delta state, caused the OPEC member’s already intermittent power generation to fall by more than 20 percent after three power stations had to be shut down.

An industry source said members of the Iwerekan community in Delta state were thought to have been responsible for Thursday’s incident on the pipeline, although it was not immediately clear whether it was an act of attempted theft or sabotage. (For more Reuters Africa coverage and to have your say on the top issues, visit: ) (Reporting by Nick Tattersall; Editing by Keiron Henderson)

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