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Govt agency to investigate Shell’s pipeline oil spill

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The Nigerian Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency, NOSDRA, has said it will investigate a crude oil leak at a pipeline owned by Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd, SPDC.

The spill occurred in the Obolo-Ogale pipeline in southern Rivers State, which feeds the 180,000 barrel-per-day Trans Niger line, one of the two conduits to export Bonny Light crude.

Ime Ekanem, the agency’s head in Rivers State, told the news agency that it has received a report on the spill and will hold a joint investigation visit to the site on Sunday.

Accordingly, local communities detected the spillage on Friday and reported it to SPDC and NOSDRA.

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The incident came after the field barely restarted operation in December last year.

Pmnews.ng reports that Shell announced it had sealed a deal to sell SPDC to five Nigerian oil companies for up to $2.4 billion.

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