Kunle Kalejaye 19 August 2015, Sweetcrude, Lagos – A fresh oil spill has forced Total Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited to halt crude export along the Obagi-Rumuekpe 12 export pipeline in Rivers State.
The Obagi-Rumuekpe 12 oil export pipeline transports crude from Obagi field that produces 35, 000 barrels of oil to Bonny.
Contacted on phone by SweetcrudeReports, Total’s E&P Deputy General Manager, Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Charles Ogan confirmed the spill but said cause was still unknown.
He explained that relevant authorities had been informed of the development and that his company was working with the security agencies to secure the location and provide safe access for intervention teams.
Ogan added that the volume of oil spilled and area of impact have not been estimated.
“During crude oil expedition operation on 16th of August 2015 an abnormal situation was observed as the oil from Obagi was not received at Rumuekpe metering station.
“Expedition was immediately stopped and a helicopter over-flight was carried out, which revealed oil spill and fresh excavations on the pipeline right of way. Relevant authorities have been informed.
“In view of the highly volatile nature of the area and the security concerns, we are working with the Nigerian security agencies to secure the location and provide safe access for intervention teams. The volume of oil spilled and area of impact have not been estimated.
“Further update shall be provided in due course. Total E&P Nigeria operates OML 58 with a 40 percent interest, alongside the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (60percent),” Mr. Ogan said in a statement.