Gas Pipeline in the Niger Delta

Information from Reuters has it that a gas pipeline situated in the Niger Delta specifically in the Delta state of  Nigeria was shut down on Friday following a breach, according to state oil company NNPC and local authorities.

The breach was said to have caused widespread leakages of petroleum products which pose a very serious danger to fire and pollution.

It was said that locals in Otu-Jeremi in Ughelli South area of Delta state reported an explosion on the pipeline, though it was not independently confirmed. NNPC, however, said the pipeline was shut down following a leak and in order to guarantee safety the pipeline has to be shut down and the whole area cordoned off as a precautionary measure.

Police said they were investigating the situation after locals reported hearing explosions around the vicinity of the pipeline. “NPDC is saying that it was a rupture and not fire, but my men have gone there to find out,” said Adeyinka Adeleke, a senior police officer in Delta state.

NNPC spokesman Ndu Ughamadu said the company had ordered the pipeline closed following a leak and that repair works would commence soon. The pipeline flows from Oil Mining License 34, which is owned by Nigeria Petroleum Development Co, a subsidiary of NNPC, and Nigerian company ND Western.

OML 34 produces an average of 390 million standard cubic feet per day of gas, and 17,000 barrels per day of oil and condensates. Gas processed from the field goes into the Escravos-Lagos Pipeline, which feeds Egbin power plant, the largest in Nigeria.