Shell resumes oil flow through Nigeria's Bomu manifold

Uchenna Izundu
International Editor

LONDON, May 22 -- Royal Dutch Shell PLC has resumed pumping crude through the Bomu pipeline manifold in the eastern Niger Delta in southern Nigeria. About 170,000 b/d of production was shut in last week because of community protests.

During the shut-in, Bomu was unable to feed the Bonny export terminal in southern Nigeria.

"Force majeure, however, for May and June contracts still remains in place for Bonny," a Shell spokesman told OGJ. Shell was forced last week to declare force majeure on its contracts after attacks on its facilities.

Nigeria's oil exports have fallen by about 25% over the past year because of continuous attacks on oil infrastructure by militants, which have promised to increase pressure until May 29 when President-elect Umar Musa Yar'Adua takes over from incumbent Olusegun Obasanjo.

The militants see this transition as an opportunity to demand a more equitable distribution of Nigeria's oil wealth.

Contact Uchenna Izundu at uchennai@pennwell.com.

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