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The Nigerian government has stated that it is set to reopen the Trans-Niger Pipeline, the nation’s major pipeline capable of transporting about 180,000 barrels of crude per day, which had been moribund for a couple of months.

The Group General Manager of National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS), Bala Wunti, disclosed this on his Twitter page on Sunday.

Wunti said the NAPIMS leadership delegation under the General Manager of Joint Venture operations, Engr Zakariya Budawara, had spent the last one week with the Bodo community in Gokana LGA of Rivers state where the pipeline is situated and runs through.

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“The visit is part of NAPIMS’ efforts towards re-opening the nation’s major liquid hydrocarbon delivery atrium – the Trans Niger Pipeline, a critical infrastructure in the crude oil export, which has been under force majeure for over 6 months”, he said.

During their stay, Mr Wunti said they gathered a deeper understanding of the challenges of the people of Bodo.

He said the Bodo people demonstrated their traditional hospitality and commitment to ensuring the security of national hydrocarbon infrastructure in their domain.

The pipeline was shut down in mid-June due to vandalisation and oil theft.

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According to Shell, it is part of the gas liquids evacuation infrastructure, critical for continued domestic power generation and liquefied gas exports.


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