Shell resumes oil flow through Nigeria's Bomu manifold

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.

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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