Oil Leach- Total Suspends Exploration Activities

Yemisi Izuora
Oil major Total E&P Nigeria Ltd (TEPNG) has put back further activities at one of its oil exploration facilities in the Niger Delta due to oil leach caused by suspected vandalisation.

A statement by Charles Ogan, Deputy General Manager, Media & Public Affairs of the company said the company has stopped expedition of crude on its Obagi – Rumuekpe 12” Oil Export Pipeline in Rivers State.

Ogan said that during crude oil expedition operation on 16th of August 2015 an abnormal situation was observed as the oil expedited from Obagi was not received at Rumuekpe metering station.

“Expedition was immediately stopped and a helicopter over-flight was carried out, which revealed oil spill and fresh excavations on the pipeline Right Of Way” he said and also noted that relevant authorities have been duly informed.

According to Ogan, In view of the highly volatile nature of the area and the security concerns, we are working with the Nigerian Security Agencies to secure the location and provide safe access for intervention teams.

The statement could not possibly determine the volume of oil spilled and area of impact have not been estimated, but promised to issue further updates shall be provided in due course.

Total E&P Nigeria operates OML 58 with a 40 percent interest, alongside the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation which holds 60 percent.

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