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Netherlands-Germany crude oil pipeline shut down after spill

LONDON, April 16 (Reuters) - A 320,000 barrel-per-day crude oil pipeline between Rotterdam and the BP (LSE: BP.L - news) and Shell (LSE: RDSB.L - news) refineries in the Ruhr area in Germany was shut down on Wednesday after a minor spill, its operator said.

The spill on the Rotterdam-Rijn Pijpleiding (RRP) pipeline occurred during work on a section near Venlo on the border between the Netherlands and Germany.

The pipeline delivers crude oil from Rotterdam to Shell's 195,000 bpd Godorf refinery and BP's 266,000 bpd Gelsenkirchen refinery. It is owned by the two oil majors.

"During works on the pipeline a leak occurred on the line. The crude pipeline has been shut down until it is repaired," a company official said.

The spill did not cause any injuries or fire, he added. (Reporting by Ron Bousso, editing by David Evans)

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