Shell’s pipeline spills 213 barrels of crude into Bayelsa community

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The Okordia-Rumekpe 14-inch crude truckline operated by Shell Development (SPDC) has some 213 barrels crude oil into Ikarama community Bayelsa.

SPDC’s Media Relations Manager, Mr Bamidele Odugbesan, confirmed the leakage and said probe into the incident had been concluded.

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

JIV is a statutory probe into the cause any recorded spill incident involving the oil firm, regulators, host communities and state ministries .

The JIV report concluded the spill was an operational mishap traced to equipment failure which impacted nearby palm trees and fish ponds.

It recommended remediation of the site.

The report indicated that an estimated 1.34 hectares of land was polluted by the leakage which followed a rupture on the pipeline.

According to the report, of the 213 barrels of SPDC’s bonny light crude stream leak, some 110 barrels are recoverable the ongoing exercise at the site, leaving an estimated spilled volume at 109.12 barrels.

The JIV report, which anticipated that oil would be concluded before the end of April, also recommended replacement of sections of the pipeline to restore its integrity.