Shell Nigerian oil export shut by hacksaw attack

Tue Aug 23, 2011 5:45pm GMT

By Ikuko Kurahone and Joe Brock

LONDON/LAGOS (Reuters) - Royal Dutch Shell said on Tuesday it has been forced to shut in its Nigerian Bonny Light crude exports to repair pipeline damage caused by a recent spate of hacksaw attacks.

Trade sources said the entire Bonny Light programme has been withdrawn following the force majeure.

Nigeria's crude loading programme showed the export volume of Bonny Light crude was to average 190,000 barrels per day (bpd) in September and 216,000 bpd in October.

Traders said Nigeria's total exports would fall from planned export volume of about 2 million bpd in September and 1.85 million bpd in October.

Shell said in a statement Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC) declared force majeure on Bonny Light exports until October, just 6 weeks after its export was normalised after the previous repair work.

"The declaration which came into effect today (August 23) is due to production deferment from several pipeline incidents in Eastern operations," the oil major said in the statement.

"In one instance, SPDC recorded six separate oil spill incidents on the Okordia - Rumuekpe trunk line at Ikarama in Bayelsa State, between August 2 and 15 this year, all from hacksaw cuts by unknown persons," it said.

"On August 21, another three hacksaw cuts were reported on the nearby Adibawa delivery line. Some production is shut in while SPDC repairs the line."   Continued...

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