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Repairs are underway at a Nigerian LNG pipeline after a leak prompted Royal Dutch Shell to declare a force majeure on gas supplies to the Bonny Island LNG export terminal.

According to Reuters, Shell declared a force majeure on gas supplies from the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) to Nigeria Liquified Natural Gas (NLNG)  effective as of August 4.

Shell acted after a leak was discovered in the Eastern Gas Gathering System 1 (EGGS-1) system.

The pipeline has been shut down and Shell is currently investigating the cause of the leak.

Oil production has not been impacted by the shut down.

No injuries or environmental impacts have been reported.

The company told Platts on Friday that pipeline repairs have begun and it is working quickly to resume gas supplies to the six-train Bonny LNG plant.

“Shell is working to repair the line and restore gas supply as soon as possible,”a Shell spokesman told the news service.

Shell spokesman Precious Okolobo told This Day Live that the force majeure only applies to the EGGS line and added that other pipelines are still carrying gas to NLNG plants.

Okonedo told Reuters that exports have not been affected but added the company is discussing potentially rescheduling some customer shipments.

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation holds a 49 percent stake in NLNG with Shell, Itlay’s Eni and France’s Total holding the remaining stakes.

Shell gas supplies account for about 40 percent of the 3.5 billion cubic feet per day of gas feedstock that is sent to the Bonny LNG Plant, Platts noted.


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