Nigeria uncovers 9 year old illegal oil line

Nigeria’s officials have discovered an illegal connection line from one of its major oil export terminals into the sea.

According to the head of NNPC Ltd, Mele Kyari, the illegal line had been operating undetected for nine years.

The 4-kilometre (2.5-mile) connection from the Forcados export terminal, into the sea was found during a clamp-down on theft in the past six weeks.

The Forcados exports around 250,000 barrels per day (bpd) of oil.

Nigeria, Africa’s largest oil exporter, is losing potential revenue from some 600,000 bpd of oil, Kyari said.

Loadings at the terminal have been stopped since a leak was found from a sub-sea hose at the terminal on July 17. Shell said this week that it expected loadings to resume in the second half of October.

In August, NNPC awarded contracts to companies including those owned by former militants to crack down on oil theft.

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