Total Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited has said it had stopped the expedition of crude on its Obagi-Rumuekpe 12″ Oil Export Pipeline as a result of oil spill and fresh excavation on the pipeline’s right of way.
Total E&P said in a statement signed by its Deputy General Manager, Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Charles Ogan, indicated that the spill was discovered when oil expedited from Obagi was not received at Rumuekpe metering station.
The oil firm explained that the situation, which it described as abnormal was noticed after a helicopter over-flight was carried out within the area.
“Total E&P Nigeria Ltd has stopped expedition of crude on its Obagi-Rumuekpe 12″ Oil Export Pipeline in Rivers State.
“During crude oil expedition operation on August 16, 2015, an abnormal situation was observed as the oil expedited from Obagi was not received at Rumuekpe metering station.
“Expedition was immediately stopped and a helicopter over-flight was carried out, which revealed oil spill and fresh excavations on the pipeline Right Of Way,” the statement read.
Explaining that relevant authorities have been informed about the development, TEPNG stated that it was working with security agencies to secure the area and provide safe access for intervention teams.
It also added that the volume of oil spilled and the area affected had yet to be estimated.
According to the statement, “In view of the highly volatile nature of the area and the security concerns, we are working with the Nigerian Security Agencies to secure the location and provide safe access for intervention teams.”