• 4 minutes Is The Three Gorges Dam on the Brink of Collapse?
  • 8 minutes The Coal Industry May Never Recover From The Pandemic
  • 11 minutes China Raids Bank and Investor Accounts
  • 5 hours Biden admits he has been tested for Cognitive Decline several times. Didn't show any proof of test results.
  • 3 hours Putin Forever: Russians Given Money As Vote That Could Extend Putin's Rule Draws To A Close
  • 19 mins During March, April, May the states with the highest infections/deaths were NY, NJ, Ma. . . . . Today (June) the three have the best numbers. How ? Herd immunity ?
  • 7 hours Apology Accepted!
  • 10 hours U.S. natural gas at major disadvantage in Europe and China.
  • 11 hours Biden came out of his basement today (Thursday) and said , "we have 120 Million deaths from Covid 19.
  • 10 hours Tesla Model 3 police cars pay for themselves faster than expected, says police chief
  • 11 hours Putin Paid Militants to Kill US Troops
  • 16 hours CoVid in Spain, 9 months before China
  • 12 hours The Political Genius of Donald Trump
  • 16 hours Per most popular Indian websites it was Indian troops not Chinese troops breach of LAC that caused the clashes. If you know any Indian media that claim to the contrary please provide the link
  • 16 hours The world is headed for big problems - interview with very smart economist
  • 20 hours Why Oil could hit $100

Breaking News:

OPEC Production Falls To Three Decade Low

Oil Glut At Sea Starts To Shrink

Oil Glut At Sea Starts To Shrink

The huge volumes of oil…

Nigeria Shuts Key Gasoline Pipeline After Fire Kills Dozens

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has shut down a key oil product pipeline after late last week a fire broke out along the pipeline route, which the company said was likely to have been caused by an explosion triggered by suspected oil thieves.

On Friday, NNPC said that it was moving to contain a fire outbreak along the Osisioma axis near Aba Depot in its System 2E pipeline network.

“The corporation said the incident might have been caused by suspected oil thieves who had hacked into the line to intercept flow of petrol from Port Harcourt to Aba. NNPC Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, confirmed fatalities and loss of properties in the ensuing inferno,” NNPC said in a statement on Friday.

According to Nigerian media, the death toll is said be 24, although Eze Ikechukwu Chiavoghilefu, chairman at the Osisioma Local Government Traditional Rulers Council, says that the fatalities are 150.

“NNPC Group Managing Director, Dr. Maikanti Baru, expressed shock at the wanton willful destruction of lives and properties occasioned by the incident,” the Nigerian company said in its Friday statement.

On Monday, a spokesman told S&P Global Platts that “The oil pipeline fire outbreak along the Osisioma axis near Aba Depot might have been caused by suspected oil thieves who had hacked into the line to intercept flow of petrol from Port Harcourt to Aba.”

“Petrol [gasoline] was being pumped from the Port Harcourt depot when the fire occurred, so the pipeline was shut down as a safety measure,” the spokesman said, adding that 16 people had died. 

The shutdown of the 2E pipeline network disrupted over the weekend the supply of imported gasoline as well as the flow of gasoline that the 210,000-bpd Port Harcourt refineries pump to southeast and north Nigeria, the spokesman told Platts.

Nigeria’s four refineries have a combined capacity of 445,000 bpd, as per Platts figures, but the inefficient refineries in need of upgrades and revamps are unable to meet domestic fuel demand, so Nigeria has to import gasoline.

By Tsvetana Paraskova for Oilprice.com

More Top Reads From Oilprice.com:

Join the discussion | Back to homepage

Leave a comment

Leave a comment

Oilprice - The No. 1 Source for Oil & Energy News