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Shell suspends gas supplies to Nigeria LNG

Shell Petroleum Development Company has declared force majeure on gas supplies to the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) export facility on Bonny Island, a spokesman said.
“The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC) declared force majeure on gas supply to NLNG on 8 August 2016, following a leak on the Eastern Gas Gathering System (EGGS-1) pipeline through which it supplies the bulk of its gas to NLNG,” a spokesman said in a statement.
SPDC, Royal Dutch Shell’s Nigerian unit, is a joint venture with state oil company Nigerian National Petroleum Corp (NNPC). They supply gas to the LNG plant.
The declaration may impact exports from the facility.
“The pipeline has been shut down for a joint investigation visit into the cause of the leak and repairs,” the spokesman said, adding that SPDC continues to supply gas to the facility through other pipelines.
NLNG, set up 16 years ago to export gas, is owned by NNPC, Shell, Total and Eni.
It has the capacity to produce 22 million tonnes of LNG a year and has long-term supply contracts with Italy’s Enel , Shell, France’s Engie SA and Portugal’s Galp, among others. It also sells on the spot market.
The rally ran out of steam last week and prices declined sharply as Chevron’s Gorgon LNG project resumed production, but potentially lower output from Nigeria LNG may again tighten supply.
The Nigeria LNG said in a statement that it is still meeting loading obligations with other supply sources.
“Nigeria LNG can confirm that although an Force Majeure has been declared on gas supplies from SPDC, alternative sources of gas supply have enabled NLNG to continue production and loadings at Bonny,” statement said

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