Danger in the Niger: Sabotage Leads to Shell Shut-In

"An overfly today confirmed a leak along the Shell JV's Greater Port Harcourt Swamp Pipeline in Eastern operations," a Shell spokesperson told reporters of a sabotaged pipeline in southern Nigeria.

Shell revealed that the leak on the pipeline leading to the Bonny Light crude export terminal was the result of what appears to be an attack on the pipeline.

"The leak appears to have been caused by explosives," said Shell. "The damaged line has been isolated, preparatory to repairs."

Early April 18, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta claimed to have sabotaged a pipeline in the Cawthorne Channel area. A short time later, reports of an explosion were investigated by Shell.

The Shell Nigeria JV also includes the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Agip and Total SA.

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