December 18, 2009 / 8:20 AM / 9 years ago

Shell Nigeria shuts Soku gas plant due to leak

A file photo shows a schoolboy walking past the logo of Dutch oil giant Shell near Warri in the volatile Niger-Delta region into supplies from the world's eighth biggest exporter. REUTERS/George Esiri

LAGOS (Reuters) - Royal Dutch Shell said on Friday it had shut its 1.1 bcf/day Soku gas plant in Nigeria due to leak on a pipeline carrying gas to the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) plant at Bonny in the Niger Delta.

“Shell shut down the Soku gas plant on December 15 as a safety measure after a leak was reported on a pipeline that conveys gas from the facility to the NLNG plant at Bonny,” the company said in a statement.

“The action will ensure the line is de-pressurised to enable a project team to investigate the cause of the leak and carry out repairs,” it said.

Soku, which has an installed capacity of 1.1 bcf/day and 30 kb/d of condensate, resumed operations on October 15 after repairs to a different pipeline damaged by condensate thieves.

Shell said the latest leak was in a remote area but that control measures had been put in place and NLNG and the government had been informed.

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