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MarketWatch: Shell says personnel evactuated after attack at EA Field in Nigeria

By Angela Henshall
Last Update: 9:05 AM ET Oct 23, 2007

LONDON (MarketWatch) — All personnel working on Royal Dutch Shell’s (RDSB.LN) EA Field in the Western Delta area of Nigeria have been evacuated after an attack on the facility Saturday, a spokesman for the company said Tuesday.

“Yes, we have evacuated all staff,” said Shell spokesman Rainer Winzenried.

Seven workers were kidnapped from the EA FPSO, floating, production, storage and offloading vessel at the weekend after it was attacked by a group of men in speedboats.
Four Nigerians in addition to one British worker, a Croatian and one South African were taken and all subsequently released.

The combatants and operatives of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta claimed responsibility for the attack.

At its peak the EA Field was capable of producing 115,000 barrels of crude a day but Shell moved to shut-in production in February, 2006, after a slew of attacks on the facility by militia groups.

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