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Shell’s $1.1bn Nigeria pipeline nears finish

Daily Telegraph

Royal Dutch Shell’s Nigerian unit “is close to completing” a $1.1bn (£711m) pipeline that will transport 600,000 barrels of crude oil a day to its Bonny export terminal on the country’s Atlantic coast.

By Garry White, Questor Editor
Published: 5:45AM BST 31 Aug 2010

The 60-mile Nembe Creek pipe collects crude from 14 oil pumping stations and is part of a programme to replace old pipelines in the Niger River delta.

The Anglo-Dutch company said the pipeline was part of an ongoing programme to keep its facilities well-maintained in the Niger Delta, one of the world’s largest wetlands, where land and water have been polluted.

Shell’s Nigerian subsidiary works in partnership with the state-run Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation. The pipeline replacement is part of its joint venture that includes local subsidiaries of French oil major Total and Italy’s Eni.

Oil pipelines in the area have been the subject of frequent attacks by saboteurs and protesters.

“It is important to understand that projects such as these will have only a limited impact on oil spills until the widespread oil theft, sabotage and vandalism activities are stopped,” Mutiu Sunmonu, managing director of Shell’s Nigerian operations, said.

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