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Nigerian milestone

A 122,000 cu m cargo of LNG being transported to France from Nigeria represents a major milestone, given the troubled history of Nigeria's petroleum industry (see story, p. 30).Start-up of the liquefaction plant at Bonny Island was delayed because the plant was overrun by protesters (OGJ, Oct. 4, 1999, Newsletter). But this was a mere hiccup compared with earlier problems: The project got started only when investors opened an escrow account to prevent their money being skimmed off by a former government (OGJ, Jan. 17, 1994, Newsletter).Announcing the departure of the first cargo from the Nigeria LNG Ltd. plant on Oct. 11, Lew Watts, director for Africa and Latin America of Shell Gas BV...

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