Gas pipeline shut down following breach

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A gas pipeline in Delta state, Southern Nigeria, has been shut down following a breach, according to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and local authorities.

Locals in Otu-Jeremi in Ughelli South area of Delta state reported an explosion on the pipeline, though the NNPC said the pipeline was shut down following a leak. Police said they were investigating the situation.

NNPC spokesman, Ndu Ughamadu, said the company had ordered the pipeline closed following a leak and that repair works would commence soon.

The pipeline flows from Oil Mining License 34, which is owned by Nigeria Petroleum Development Co, a subsidiary of NNPC and Nigerian company, ND Western.

OML 34 produces an average of 390 million standard cubic feet per day of gas, and 17,000 barrels per day of oil and condensates.

Gas processed from the field goes into the Escravos-Lagos Pipeline, which feeds Egbin power plant, the largest in Nigeria.

Amaka E. Nliam