FG deploys troops, moves to restore oil lifting at Forcados, others

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The Federal Government has deployed troops to
protect oil pipelines that criss-cross the oil-rich
Niger Delta area from vandals who according to
estimates sets the country aback by 300,000
barrels per day.

Speaking to journalists at a briefing on Tuesday in
Abuja, Nigeria’s military spokesman, Brigadier
General Rabe Abubakar said; “We are taking extra
steps to ensure that we guard these facilities
including pipelines, oil platforms and other
installations.”

The move is coming after Shell Petroleum
Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) declared
a force majeure on Forcados liftings effective from
February 21, 2016 following disruption of
production caused by a spill on the Forcados
Terminal subset crude export pipeline.

The force majeure declared by the oil giants which
is a standard clause in most contracts which
includes events such as natural disasters, wars and
other occurrences not within the power or control of
the executing party, means Shell may not be able to
meet its contractual agreement to its business
partners.

Last year, SPDC lifted the force majeure on Bonny
light exports following the repair and re-opening of
the Trans
Niger Pipeline and Nembe Creek Trunkline.
The TNP was repaired after a joint investigation
visit found that a leak was caused by an illegal
connection that failed.

Recall last week that a group known as Niger Delta
Avengers claimed responsibility for the attacks on
Forcados terminal as they declared “Operation Red
Economy”.

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