Nigeria’s Trans Forcados crude oil pipeline ramping back -sources

An oil pipeline is laid next to the Vopak-Dialog oil storage facility (R) and a Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (RAPID) project construction site in Pangerang in Malaysia's southern state of Johor October 6, 2015. REUTERS/Edgar Su/File Photo

LONDON, May 23 – Flows of crude oil along Nigeria’s Trans Forcados pipeline have started to ramp up again after an outage of almost a week, several trading sources said on Wednesday.

The pipeline, which usually carries around 200,000 to 240,000 barrels of oil per day, was closed to repair a leak a week ago.

Royal Dutch Shell, which operates the Forcados oil terminal, said earlier in the day exports had not been disrupted by the closure, although industry sources have said June-loading cargoes of Forcados crude had already been deferred to July because of the temporary shutdown.

One industry source with knowledge of the matter said an inspection report had shown a pumping station further up the pipeline had restarted.

Operator Heritage Oil Ltd was not immediately available to comment. (Reporting by Amanda Cooper; Editing by Louise Heavens/Adrian Croft)

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