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Shell shuts more Nigerian oil after rebel attack

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A logo on a Shell petrol station is seen in west London on April 29, 2008. Rebels in Nigeria’s oil-rich Niger Delta blew up three oil wells operated by Royal Dutch Shell on Saturday, their fifth attack in recent weeks against the petroleum industry, security sources said. REUTERS/Tony Melville

Reuters: Shell shuts more Nigerian oil after rebel attack

Sat May 3, 2008 11:55am EDT

By Daniel Flynn

LAGOS (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell shut down more of its production in Nigeria after a fresh militant attack on Saturday on a flowstation in the restive Niger Delta, where local militants have stepped up a campaign of violence.

 

The bombing of the Shell facilities in Nigeria’s southern Bayelsa state, the fifth militant attack in just over a month, came a day after a federal court ruled that one of the leaders of the rebel Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), Henry Okah, should be tried in secret.

The ruling prompted a threat of reprisals from MEND, which has already knocked 164,000 barrels a day off Shell’s production in Nigeria with a pipeline bombing last month.

“A few oil delivery lines are affected and some oil has spilled into the environment,” a Shell spokesman said. “We are mobilizing containment booms to stop the spread of oil and have also shut in some production volumes.”

Security sources said that three wells had been blown up in the attack, as well as other equipment.

The MEND attacks and an eight-day strike by Exxon Mobil workers which ended on Thursday had temporarily halved oil production from Nigeria — the world’s eighth largest exporter — helping to push prices to record highs on Monday around $120 a barrel.

Exxon Mobil is returning production to normal levels of around 800,000 bpd, but has not yet announced the end of a force majeure declared on Monday.

(For full Reuters Africa coverage and to have your say on the top issues, visit: africa.reuters.com/ )

(Reporting by Daniel Flynn; editing by Dominic Evans)

 

 

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