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Shell pipeline spills 213 barrels of crude in Bayelsa community

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Shell pipeline spills 213 barrels of crude in Bayelsa community

By Nathan Nwakamma

The 14-inch Okordia-Rumekpe crude oil transmission line operated by Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) spilled some 213 barrels of crude oil into the Ikarama community of Bayelsa.

SPDC media relations officer Bamidele Odugbesan confirmed the leak and said the investigation into the incident was over.

A Joint Investigative Visit (JIV) report obtained by the Nigeria News Agency (NAN) into Thursday’s incident confirmed that the incident occurred on April 7, while the investigation was completed on April 12.

JIV is a statutory investigation into the cause of any recorded spill incident involving the oil company, regulators, host communities and state ministries of environment.

The JIV report concluded that the spill was an operational incident related to equipment failure that affected palm trees and nearby fish ponds.

He recommended that the site be rehabilitated.

The report says about 1.34 hectares of land was polluted by the leak following a ruptured pipeline.

According to the report, of the 213 barrels of light crude leaked from SPDC, some 110 barrels are salvageable from the ongoing recovery exercise at the site, leaving an estimated spilled volume of 109.12 barrels.

The JIV report, which predicted that the oil recovery would be completed by the end of April, also recommended replacing sections of the pipeline to restore its integrity.

(NAN)

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