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AFX Europe (Focus): ChevronTexaco cuts production in Nigeria by 13,000 bpd; Shell ops attacked again

LAGOS (AFX) – ChevronTexaco Corp has been forced to cut production in Nigeria by 13,000 barrels per day after a pipeline in an area patrolled by armed militants sprang a leak, a company spokesman Michael Barrett said.
The cause of the damage to the pipeline has not been determined, Barrett said, but it came at a time when separatist guerrilla fighters were sabotaging nearby facilities operated by Royal Dutch Shell.
Chevron has shut down the 16 inch pipeline bringing crude oil from the Makaraba flow station in the Niger Delta swamps 40 kilometres northwest of the oil city of Warri to the firm's Escravos export terminal.
“Chevron Nigerian Limited has isolated the section of pipe and suspended production at Makaraba as of yesterday,” Barrett told Agence France-Presse by telephone.
Separately, a Shell company source told AFP that the militants had continued overnight to dynamite the firm's evacuated facilities near the Chanomi Creek, just 10 kilometres south of the Makaraba pipeline.
Details of the latest damage were unavailable, as the company has pulled staff out from the western delta area for safety reasons.
Since Feb 18, when heavily armed fighters attacked Shell's Forcados export terminal and kidnapped nine foreign oil workers, the firm has slashed output by 455,000 bpd, equivalent to 20 pct of Nigeria's exports.

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