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AFX News Limited: Shell resumes 170,000 bpd production cut by Nigerian protest

05.20.07, 1:37 AM ET
 
LAGOS (XFN-ASIA) – Royal Dutch Shell PLC has resumed production at a 170,000 barrels-per-day Nigerian export facility shut down during the week because of community protests, a spokesman said Saturday.

‘We have resumed operation at the facility since the protesters have vacated the place. But the optimal level is yet to be attained. It is a gradual process,’ the spokesman told Agence France-Presse.

Local youths had closed down an oil pipeline intersection known as a manifold at Bomu on Tuesday, preventing the pipeline from feeding in to the Bonny export terminal in southern Nigeria.

Some 137,000 barrels of the output lost during the crisis directly belonged to Shell, while the remaining 33,000 belonged to third parties operating alongside the Anglo-Dutch oil group, officials said.

Shell, Nigeria’s largest oil operator, accounts for around half of the country’s daily output of 2.6 mln barrels, but unrest in the oil-producing south has cut production by a quarter.

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