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Oil spill: Shell confirms leaks on Trans Ramos Pipeline

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Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) yesterday confirmed four leak points on its Trans Ramos Pipeline in the swamps of Western Niger Delta.

A statement by the company said, as soon as the leaks were noticed on April 24, SPDC immediately shut down production, deployed containment booms and mobilized its oil spill response teams to clean the sites.

These measures, according to SPDC’s standard operating procedures, successfully stopped and contained the spill.

“In a Joint Investigation Visit (JIV) team comprising security and regulatory agencies as well as community representatives and SPDC personnel was constituted and deployed to the sites,” the statement read in part.

The JIV team also confirmed the four leak points on the pipeline and identified the impacted areas in Odimodi community.

Meanwhile, the cause of the leaks is yet to be determined as SPDC is said to be working on further site preparation and mobilisation of specialised equipment to the swamps for safe excavation of the pipeline for inspection.

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