TransForcados Pipeline Shut In For the 7th Day Running
The TransForcados Pipeline in Nigeria, blown up on May 7, 2018, had not been re-opened as of the afternoon of May 14, 2018, a full week after.
Over 15 oil fields, producing about 250,000BOPD through the pipeline, are shut in.
Shell pumps the roughly 50,000BOPD crude it currently produces in its operated Western Niger Delta fields (held in Joint Venture with NNPC, TOTAL and ENI) through the facility. The crude is exported out of the country from the Forcados Terminal.
So do the six Joint Ventures that NPDC has with Nigerian independents (Seplat, Shoreline Natural Resources, Neconde, Elcrest E&P, NDWestern and First Hydrocarbon Nigeria).
Crude oils from four marginal fields (Pillar operated Umuseti field, Energia operated Ebendo field, Platform operated Egbaoma field and Midwestern operated Umusadege field) are also pumped through this facility, although the marginal field operators have an alternative evacuation route, through the ENI operated Kwale to Brass pipeline.
Seplat declared, in its 1st Quarter 2018 report, that it had a ready alternative to TFP in case of extended outage, and it was working on a second alternative, expected to be commissioned by 3Q 2018. It wasn’t clear, however, as of Monday May 14, 2018, if the London listed firm had activated the alternative.