Workers of Trans Forcados System have said the latest breach of the Forcados pipeline does not stop Shell from carrying out repairs on the pipeline.
The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), by breaching a section of the Shell Nigeria operated Trans Forcados System on June 2, 2016, had forced Shell to evacuate its workers from the Zone, saying no quick repair can be done there because the breached pipeline was under the water.
Shell has since formally stated that it cannot put a definite date on when the repairs would be
completed, as the job of fixing an undersea pipeline is more technically complex than the
routine repair of onshore lines.
On a counter note, some officials of TFS who claimed anonymity, told Business Times that the damaged pipeline can be fixed faster than claimed by Shell.
“What they have sabotaged is an onshore section of the pipe”, says an executive of one of the companies pumping crude into the TFS.
“This is a regular occurrence and can be fixed in a short time while the main repair continues”.
The repair of the 48” Crude Loading Line is being undertaken by Nigerstar 7 and was initially scheduled to be completed by end of May 2016.
However Shell officials note that the line could be commissioned before the end of June 2016.
In another development, Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas company, NLNG, has rubbished reports making the rounds that it was involved in the N115 billion loot recovered from unnamed ex-air Chiefs.
The NLNG described as “erroneous” a report titled “N115b Loot: Ex Air chiefs, Politicians top refund List,” the report which quoted an unnamed public official stated that ‘$3.1 billion intercepted in the accounts of NNPC and NLNG was yet to be moved to the Central Bank of Nigeria in line with the Transaction Single Account (TSA) policy’.
Denying any attachment with the recovered loot, NLNG’s General Manager, External Relations Division, Kudo Eresia-Eke, told Business Times, that the company “views this statement with utmost seriousness and wishes to denounce it as misleading and untrue”.
Eresia-Eke said that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, did not recover any looted funds from the company.
“To our knowledge, no NLNG’s accounts are the subject of any recovery effort by the EFCC or any other similar authority more especially as NLNG is a private company and not a government agency or parastatal,” he said.
He expressed shock at the report, saying the NLNG no longer has any responsibility to the government.
“We are surprised that these misleading reports continue to be rehashed despite categorical statements by ourselves and third parties, including the Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) to the effect that NLNG has no outstanding obligations to government,” he said.
He then advised journalists to check facts of reports before publishing.
“We wish to use this medium to appeal to all concerned stakeholders to take the necessary duty of care of checking the accuracy of information before publication,” he said.