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Reuters: UPDATE 1-Shell resumes oil output after Nigerian spill

Mon Mar 26, 2007 10:22 AM BST

LAGOS, March 26 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L: Quote, Profile , Research) has resumed pumping crude oil through a 187,000 barrel per day pipeline that was closed on March 4 due to a spill, a spokesman said.

Repairs to the pipeline that feeds the Bonny export terminal were completed last Thursday and output from the flow stations feeding the trunk line is climbing steadily.

“The flow stations have reopened and production is ramping up,” a spokesman said.

Repairs took longer than originally expected because militants in the Nembe Creek area prevented workers from gaining access to the site and seized Shell’s equipment for a few days.

Before this incident, Nigeria was already pumping about 20 percent below full capacity because of a series of militant attacks on oil facilities in the western delta in February 2006.

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