Royal Dutch Shell has lifted force majeure on exports of Nigeria’s Forcados crude oil, Reuters stated.
According to This Day Live, after several months of repairs, Shell Petroleum Development Company had earlier restarted the Trans-Forcados crude export pipeline with the completion of the loading of the first tanker, Astro Perseus, at the Forcados terminal.
The crude oil tanker had departed to Takoradi in Ghana. The Trans-Forcados pipeline was first attacked by the Niger Delta Avengers in February 2016, the first attack on a subsea pipeline in the country.
A spill that occurred on February 2016, on the subsea crude oil export pipeline, had forced Shell to declare force majeure on Forcados a week later.
Attempts to repair the 48-inch pipeline were frustrated by further attacks by the militants.
For instance, the pipeline resumed exports in October 2016 after it was repaired but was shut down again in November after the militants bombed the subsea facility for the second time.
However, earlier this month, Shell issued a loading program for June exports that lifted planned exports from Nigeria to at least a 15 months high.