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AFX News Limited: Shell says probe team starts checking Nigerian oil spill

03.09.07, 7:02 AM ET

LONDON (AFX) – Royal Dutch Shell PLC said a team of investigators have gained access to the oil spill in Nigeria.

The team consisted of experts and engineers from the company and the Nigerian government, said a Shell spokeswoman.

‘The investigation team had gone in to find out the cause of the spill and the extent of the damage. They’ve gained access (to the site),’ she said.

She could not say how long the probe will take and how soon Shell can restore lost production.

The leak was found on the Nembe Creek area in the Niger Delta on Sunday, forcing Shell to shut down production of 187,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.

The Anglo-Dutch energy group is already losing 477,000 boepd from the closure of key production facilities in the country because of the unrest in the Niger Delta.

Since early last year, separatist groups seeking a larger share of Nigeria’s oil wealth have renewed their violence against major oil companies, staff and related business interests in the region.

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