Reports reaching flawlessview.com indicates that Nembe Creek Trunk Line has been shut down. This; according to watchers; is going to have a debilitating effect on Nigerians capacity to export crude oil since the Nembe Creek Trunk Line is one of the major crude oil transportation channels used for Nigeria’s crude export. The NCTL, accounts for the evacuation of about 150,000 barrels per day to the Bonny Crude Oil Terminal. The Nembe Creek Trunk Line is 100 kilometers long.
The reason given for this shutdown is a suspected explosion, this is according to Aiteo Eastern Exploration and Production Company, the operator of the trunk line, the operator said that a suspected explosion occurred on Saturday within the vicinity of Nembe Creek Well 7, behind Mile 1 Community in Bayelsa State, near the Nembe field logistics base.
The company spokesman said that investigations were on to determine the exact cause of the explosion,
“These investigations are being pursued with the utmost urgency and are being given the highest priority.
“We are continuing to work with all the relevant authorities to restore full functionality to all the relevant installations and affected areas. In the time being, we express our gratitude to all our stakeholders for your continuing support and understanding while urging calm and vigilance.”
“Preliminary investigations confirm that there were no fatalities, human incidents or damage to community property. All the wells and facilities in the immediate vicinity have been inspected and secured. This incident did not occur at or involve any part of the NCTL or other pipelines.
“It is important to note that prior to this incident, all facilities have been shut down since February 28, 2019, due to NCTL outage. Accordingly, any account suggesting that this incident arose from or affected any pipeline is wholly inaccurate and misleading.”