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UpstreamOnline: Nigerian gunmen ‘execute’ oil worker

By Upstream staff

12 Sept 2006

A Nigerian oil worker was killed and another was injured in an armed attack on a supply ship today at an oilfield operated by US supermajor Chevron off the Nigerian coast, an oil industry source said.

It was the latest in a string of attacks on industry workers in Nigeria, and comes the day before unions are to stage a three-day stoppage over rising security problems in the Niger Delta.

“Armed men came alongside the vessel at 0300 hours and got on board to look for things to take. They executed one of the crew when they didn’t find anything,” the source told Reuters, asking not to be named.

Chevron officials were not immediately available to comment.

The supply ship is operated by Edison Chouest Offshore, a Louisiana-based oil services company, the source added. Edison Chouest Offshore officials were not available to comment.

The oilfield is located about three miles offshore and is part of the Escravos oil export system, the source added.

Escravos is in the western delta where a series of attacks and kidnappings earlier this year forced Royal Dutch Shell to evacuate hundreds of workers and reduce output by 477,000 barrels per day.

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