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Shell Nigeria begins repair of sabotaged pipeline

The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC) said Tuesday it is mobilizing for the repair of the Trans Forcados Pipeline, which was shut down following a sabotage leak on 6 Oct.

In a statement made available to PANA here, the company said equipment and materials for the repair work were being moved to the site by the contractor, while flushing of the 50-km pipeline is expected to commence by the weekend to clear hydrocarbon deposits before cutting and welding for replacement of the damaged section.

“If all goes according to plan, we expect to complete the repair as soon as possible and reopen the line,” the statement quoted spokesman Tony Attah as saying.

“It means the force majeure we declared on Forcados offtake programme will be lifted late October/early November as soon as Forcados production has returned to normal levels,” he added.

SPDC declared force majeure, with effect from Tuesday (11Oct), on its Forcados export programme for October, November and December 2011 as a result of production shutdown due to the sabotage leak on its Trans Forcados Pipeline


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