Shell shuts down major pipeline Nigeria over theft

Oil   Oil

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell PLC said Friday it shut down one of its major pipelines running through Nigeria's oil-rich southern delta for repair, blaming incessant thefts on the line for causing chronic leaks along it.

The shutdown affects the Nembe Creek Trunkline and cuts off about 60,000 barrels of oil a day from Shell's production in the country, the company said in a statement. It also declared a "force majeure" warning — meaning it is impossible for the company to cover the promised supply from the field.

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