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South Florida Sun-Sentinel: Nigeria: Attack on oil installation cuts some production

May 4, 2008

Unknown assailants attacked an oil installation in restive southern Nigeria and some crude production has been lost, Royal Dutch Shell PLC officials said Saturday.

Shell spokesman Precious Okolobo said the attackers hit a flow station belonging to Shell’s joint venture in southern Nigeria late Friday and that some oil production had been shut down. Flow stations are intersections for tubes carrying oil from wells to export terminals.

Militants are stepping up attacks on oil infrastructure in Africa’s biggest oil producer as one of their reputed leaders is put on trial for treason and terrorism, which carry a possible death penalty for conviction.

Militants say they are agitating to force the federal government to send a greater share of oil revenues to their region. The southern Niger Delta remains impoverished, despite four decades of oil production in the area.

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/nationworld/sfl-flaworlddig05043sbmay04,0,967249.story

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