Shell issues oil production warning in Nigeria

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Associated Press

Posted on March 5, 2013 at 12:36 PM

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell PLC has issued a production warning over its operations in Nigeria as it says thieves continue to cut into its pipelines, causing oil spills and damage.

Shell said in a statement Tuesday that it was declaring "force majeure" on shipments of Bonny Light crude oil after it shut down its Nembe Creek Trunkline, a major pipeline for the company. That means the company cannot deliver the promised supply from the field.

On Monday, the company issued a statement saying its Nigerian subsidiary lost some 150,000 barrels of oil a day over several days in late February after safety systems shut down the trunk line. Shell said the shutdowns came after thieves cut into the line.

Nigeria is a top supplier of crude to the U.S.

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