Shell shuts down leaking pipeline in Rivers

The Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) has shut down its leaking pipeline located between Agbada FS and Nkpoku Manifold in Rivers State.

Shell’s Media Relations Manager, Bamidele Odugbesan, said the company received a report of the leak on Wednesday and immediately activated its Emergency and Spill Response Team.

He said the team isolated and depressurized the pipeline the same day to stop the flow of crude oil into it.

He said: “We also secured the site for safety. Same day (Wednesday, November 4, 2020). We commenced the containment and recovery of leaked crude and commenced the statutory government-led Joint Investigation Team (JIV) examination of the site to determine the cause and impact of the leak.

Shell shuts down leaking pipeline in Rivers

The JIV and recovery of leaked crude are expected to be completed within the next one or two days.

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“Whenever a leak is reported at any facility of The Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) Joint Venture, the immediate interest of SPDC as the operator is to isolate the injecting facility, stop the leak, conduct the statutory JIV, and clean up the spill. Where required, we begin immediate remediation in order to return the area to a pristine state”.

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