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Bloomberg: Shell Says Oil Output Cut After Nigerian Pipe Spill (Update1)

By Fred Pals and Karl Maier

March 6 (Bloomberg) — Royal Dutch Shell Plc said a pipeline spill in the Niger River delta has cut production by 187,000 barrels a day and forced the closure of 10 pumping stations.

Shell, the biggest international producer in Nigeria, doesn’t know what caused the leak or how long it will take to repair the pipeline, spokesman Andre Romeyn said today in a telephone interview from The Hague.

Previous attacks by militant groups have forced Shell’s Nigerian operations to slash output by about 500,000 barrels a day, almost a quarter of the country’s production. Shell has a 30 percent share in its Nigerian venture.

Nigeria pumped 2.18 million barrels of oil a day last month, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. That made it the sixth- biggest producer in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries.

To contact the reporters on this story: Fred Pals in Amsterdam at [email protected] ; Karl Maier in Khartoum at [email protected] ;
Last Updated: March 6, 2007 03:59 EST

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