Aiteo group has announced immediate shut down of the Nembe Creek Trunk Line, NCTL, less than 24 hours after starting up the line from repairs of identified leak points occasioned by activities of oil thieves.
According to the company two new leak points were reported along the line near Awoba Riser Manifold.
Oriental News Nigeria reports that the Nembe Creek Trunk Line (NCTL) is a 97 kilometre, 150,000 barrels of oil per day pipeline constructed by Royal Dutch Shell and situated in the Niger Delta region.
The Trunk Line is one of Nigeria’s major oil transportation arteries that evacuate crude from the Niger Delta to the Atlantic coast for export.
It is owned by Aiteo Group, which recently purchased it as part of the related facilities of the prolific oil bloc OML29 from Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC.
Aiteo, however said in a statement that its 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 have been initiated.
Consequently, all injectors have been advised in accordance with NCTL shutdown procedure to shut-in production into the NCTL immediately.
Also, appropriate Oil Leakage/Spillage Notification Report will follow shortly to the Department of Petroleum Resources DPR and
National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency, NOSDRA.
Just on Friday, Aiteo excitedly announced that its Emergency Pipeline Repair teams have successfully completed leak repair activities on all reported leak points on the NCTL and that all injectors have been advised to re-align and commence start-up formalities immediately and advise on their startup times.