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Nembe Trunck Line Shutdown Again Over Fresh Leaks

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The Nembe Creek Trunk Line (NCTL), which was reopened on last Friday, have again been shutdown following fresh leaks.

Operators of the facility, Aiteo, which announced its reopening on Friday, stated on Sunday, that it had again been shutdown following fresh leaks.

The facility was shutdown last month, resulting to a force Majeure, due to a fire incident which the operators said may have resulted from an illegal breach.

The company’s spokesman, Ndiana Mathew, said the re-closure of the pipeline follows reports of two fresh leak points along the line near Awoba Riser Manifold in Rivers State.

He blamed the new leakage to illegal activities of oil thieves along the pipeline in the area.

“Our emergency response process was immediately activated, and containment boom deployed to limit oil spread on bodies of water whilst efforts to identify cause of incident/repair has been initiated,” he said.

“Consequently, all injectors have been advised in accordance with NCTL shutdown procedure to shut-in production into the NCTL immediately.

Mathew added that “Appropriate oil leakage/spillage notification report will follow shortly to the Department of Petroleum Resources/National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (DPR/NOSDRA).”

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