Shell in fresh force majeure on Nigeria LNG gas supply

NLNG exports16 May 2013, News Wires – Multinational Shell has declared force majeure on gas supplies to Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas following a reported leak that led to a pipeline shutdown.

The Anglo-Dutch supermajor’s Nigerian subsidiary, Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, said the leak had been reported “along the Eastern Gas Gathering System (EGGS-1) right-of-way (RoW) near Awoba in Rivers State”.

“In line with safety precautions, we have shut down our Soku and Gbaran Ubie gas export via the EGGS1 pipeline,” SPDC said.

The measure has led to 1.5 billion standard cubic feet of gas per day to be shut in, although Shell said it was able to export between 100 million and 200 million standard cubic feet per day from Soku via the GTS1 line.

The company did not give a reason for the leak, a frequent occurrence at its Nigerian facilities often put down to theft or sabotage.

Last month the company declared force majeure on its Bonny Creek crude exports from Nigeria after shutting down its Nembe Creek trunkline to remove theft points and to investigate suspected oil theft leaks.

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