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Shell resumes work at Bonga site

By Matthew Green in Lagos

Published: June 25 2008 03:00 | Last updated: June 25 2008 03:00

Royal Dutch Shell resumed production yesterday at its giant deepwater Bonga oilfield off the coast of Nigeria, which was shut down last week after an attack by speed-boat riding militants, reports Matthew Green in Lagos .

The closure of the field – which had been pumping about 200,000 barrels of oil per day – had damped hopes that a pledge last weekend by Saudi Arabia to boost production would tame spiralling oil prices.

Olav Ljosne, a spokesman for Shell in Lagos, said that the facility had resumed operations and “was getting back to normal”. He declined to give a precise figure for how much it was producing.

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta have claimed responsibility for the attack.

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