Shell shuts floating storage facility



By Nathan Nwakamma

A Shell Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel, operating off the Bayelsa coastline, has been shut down due to water leakage.

Mr. Michael Akande, the company’s spokesman, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday.

According to him, the vessel has been safely anchored for repairs.

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He explained that the offshore crew on board the vessel, christened Sea Eagle, reported the water inflow into the hull of the facility on July 24.

“The water inflow did not affect the section of the FPSO where any crude is stored. An emergency response team has been successfully activated to respond to the incident and to contain the water inflow,” he said.

Akande said that the FPSO could store up to 1.4 million barrels of processed crude, and had a production capacity of 170,000 barrels per day.


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