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Shell shuts Trans Ramos pipeline feeding into Nigeria’s Forcados oil terminal

Oil major Shell shut-in the Trans Ramos pipeline which feeds into Nigeria’s Forcados oil export terminal, to clean up crude oil spilled from a ruptured section, it said late-Sunday.

“The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited…has recovered over 95% of spilled oil from the recent spill incidents on sections of the Trans Ramos Pipeline (TRP) in Aghoro community, Bayelsa State, and in Odimodi community in Delta State,” Shell said in a statement.

Forcados, a gasoil-rich sweet crude blend, is one of Nigeria’s top export grades.

“The pipeline, which has remained shut-in since the incidents, supplies crude to the SPDC Joint Venture-owned Forcados Oil Terminal in western Niger Delta for export,” the company said.

Although Shell did not state the volume of crude affected due to the closure, the pipeline has a capacity of 100,000 b/d of crude, according to company sources.

Forcados output has ranged between 200,000-250,000 b/d in the past few months.

Shell said the pipeline would be reopened once the leak is cleaned up and the site assessment has been completed,

It added that a joint team of investigators was studying the cause and impact of the spills.

Repeated attacks on the Forcados pipelines as well as on the export terminal halted exports for most of the period between February 2016 and May 2017.

Source: Platts

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