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Nigeria: Total, Shell Halt 517,000 Barrels Crude Production

By Juliet Alohan With Agency Report, 24 October 2012

A total of 517,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day has been halted following the force majeure declared by oil giants Total and Shell.

Total has declared force majeure on gas supplies to Nigeria LNG’s liquefication plant, the company said yesterday.

The company said it had stopped oil and gas production from its onshore Oil Mining Lease (OML) 58 block, losing the equivalent of 90,000 barrels per day of oil equivalent.

The oil and gas major said it declared the force majeure 10 days ago at its OML 58 natural gas field in Nigeria due to flooding, which forced the company to halt its natural gas production there, and that it had stopped oil and gas production from its onshore OML 58 block.

Total, which is the operator of the onshore field says the force majeure concerns supplies to the Nigerian company NLNG as well as Total’s services suppliers but said the loss in output from OML 58 is partially compensated by additional production of Total’s other fields in the country, which are offshore.

This is even as Shell Production Development Corporation, SPDC, has declared force majeure on Bonny and Forcados loadings.

Bonny Light and Forcados are two of Nigeria’s most important oil grades which represented exports of 427,000 barrels per day in October out of the country’s total exports of 2.048 million barrels per day.

Shell said loadings of Forcados were affected by damage caused by suspected bunkering on the Trans Forcados Pipeline and the Brass Creek trunkline.

Bonny loadings are affected as a result of production deferment caused by the fire incident on a bunkering ship on the Bomu-Bonny trunkline and production deferment from a third party producer because of flooding, the company said.

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