Shell sets to resume crude oil exports at Forcados Terminal

Shell sets to resume crude oil exports at Forcados Terminal

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Shell sets to resume crude oil exports at Forcados Terminal

The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) said, the Forcados Oil Terminal will resume export operations by the end of October 2022 when ongoing essential repairs would have been completed.

“In addition to the repairs, we are working to remove and clamp theft points on the onshore pipelines to ensure full crude oil receipt at the terminal,” SPDC’s Media Relations manager, Abimbola Essien-Nelson, said in a statement on Wednesday.

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According to Essien-Nelson, the active illegal connections to SPDC joint venture’s production lines and facilities in western Niger Delta as well as the inactive illegal connection to the onshore section of the 48 Forcados Export Line are in the company’s ongoing programme to remove illegal connections on the pipelines that feed the terminal.

She said: “SPDC gives priority to the removal of active illegal connections and to illegal connection points that have leaks. This scheduled programme is continuous as new illegal connections are identified during surveillance of the pipelines. An example of such illegal connection is that on the onshore section of the 48” Forcados Export Line which is currently not active and has no sign of leak at the interconnection point.”
Essien-Nelson reiterated SPDC’s commitment to running its assets safely, reliably and in accordance with globally accepted standards.

“SPDC continues to work tirelessly, alongside government and partners, towards the eradication of crude theft from its infrastructure,” she said.

The Forcados Terminal located in Ogulagha, Burutu Local Government Area of Delta state, which has a nameplate capacity to export 400,000 barrels per day, receives crude oil from the Forcados Oil Pipeline System, the second largest pipeline network in the oil-producing region, after the Bonny Oil Pipeline System in the eastern Niger Delta.

Some international oil companies (IOCs) and Nigerian independents operating in the western Niger Delta pump oil to the Forcados Oil Terminal for exports.