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Fire Breaks Out on Shell Nigeria Oil Pipeline

Source: Reuters 11/9/2011, Location: Africa

A fire broke out on Wednesday on the Okordia/Rumuekpe oil pipeline in Nigeria operated by Royal Dutch Shell , a spokesman for the company said, adding that some production has been shut down.

The fire on the pipeline in Ikarama, Bayelsa State, started a day after the company received reports of an oil spill there.

"SPDC (Shell Petroleum Development Corporate) confirmed reports of a fire incident this morning on the Okordia/Rumuekpe line ... and mobilised a fire fighting team to the site," spokesman Precious Okolobo said in a text message.

"Some production has been shut down," he added, but did not specify how much.

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