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Creeks and vegetations devastated as a result of spills from oil... News PhotoDestruction,Failure,Finance,Fuel and Power Generation,Horizontal,Niger Delta,Nigeria,Oil,Oil Spill,Outdoors,Plant,Shell - Brand-name,Stream,ThiefPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPCreeks and vegetations devastated as a result of spills from oil thieves and Shell operational failures in Niger Delta on March 22, 2013. Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) has threatened to shut down production in April for nine days in the entire Nembe Creek Truck Line (NCTL) to remove a number of bunkering points on pipelines vandalised by oil thieves in the region. 'Whenever we observe a spill, or have a spill on our lines, we shut down production to depressurize and isolate the line, only then can we safely repare our lines because it is then safe to manipulate the line', said Jurgen Jonzen, SPDC corporate pipeline asset manager. Last year, 157 bunkering points were removed and 116 were leaking on the whole SPDC exploitation. Since 2009, SPDC has exprienced an upsurge in vandalisation of pipeline network by criminals causing severe environmental devastation of the region and forcing the company to lose 60 000 barrels daily this year. AFP PHOTO / PIUS UTOMI EKPEI (Photo credit should read PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images)