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Shell Cuts Nigerian Oil Output on Sabotage

Monday, 01 February 2010 11:06 AM

LAGOS – Anglo-Dutch oil group Shell said Monday it had shut in some oil production in southern Nigeria after a key supply pipeline was sabotaged.

"We have shut in some output as a result of the vandalisation of the Trans Ramos pipeline in our western operations at the weekend," a Shell spokesman told AFP.

"A leak was observed on Saturday on the Trans-Ramos pipeline. The leak was stopped and an investigation has confirmed the leak was due to a sabotage," another spokesperson said.

"Three flow stations were shut down to allow for the investigations. Repairs will commence as soon as possible," she said.

Shell refused to disclose the volume of production loss suffered.

The Shell spokesman could not say if the January 30 incident was a militant attack, but it came just hours after the region's most active armed group MEND called off a unilateral ceasefire it declared on October 25.

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta said it would resume "all-out" violent attacks on Nigeria's oil industry claiming it had received no effective peace dividend from the truce.

MEND said it had ordered the ceasefire in the hope of securing talks with the government, "true dialogue founded on a sincere desire to bring justice to the people of the Niger Delta, and true peace to Nigeria".

But three months on, MEND said: "it is sufficiently clear that the government of Nigeria has no intentions of considering" its demands.

Armed groups claiming to seek a fairer share of oil revenue for locals have since 2006 staged attacks on oil installations in the oil-producing Niger Delta, playing havoc with crude output and international oil prices.

At the peak of the attacks the violence slashed Nigeria's crude production by about one million barrels a day, which saw Angola overtake it as Africa's top oil producer.

Shell, one of top oil operators in Nigeria has seen much of its almost one million barrels per day output slashed because of the unrest.

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