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Nigeria: Gas plant cut off by buildings

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Gas plant cut off by buildings

Royal Dutch Shell has shut its Obigbo natural gas processing plant in Rivers State, southern Nigeria, after buildings were erected over pipelines connected to the facility. About 40 million cubic feet a day of gas was shut in, affecting supply to industrial consumers and power plants, Precious Okolobo, a Lagos-based spokesman, said yesterday. The facility was halted on November 1 after “discovering different types of buildings and structures have been erected on high pressure gas pipelines, thereby exposing the occupants to considerable health and safety risk”, he said. Shell was working with the Rivers State government on “options to address the challenge”, Okolobo added, without providing further details. – Bloomberg

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