Thursday, August 26, 2010

Nigeria's Bonny Light crude output restarted

* Force majeure on Bonny Light crude export in place

* Bonny Light production restarted from Aug. 21

LONDON, (Reuters) - Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L: Quote) said on Thursday its Nigerian Bonny Light crude oil production had resumed on August 21 after repairs to flowstations.

A Shell spokesman said the force majeure on Bonny Light exports, which took effect from August 16, was still in place.

Shell said it discovered damage to oil facilities leading to the Bonny export terminal on August 11. The outage to production followed a series of sabotage attacks to oil facilities.

Trade sources had said the damage had taken around 100,000 barrels per day of crude output offline. Shell does not comment on the amount of production lost when there are outages.

Shell warned last week of a rise in acts of sabotage on its crude oil pipelines in Nigeria's southern Niger Delta in recent weeks.

Shell's Nigerian SPDC joint venture said it had recorded three incidents this month of suspected thieves drilling holes or using hacksaws to pierce pipelines in the Cawthorne Channel leading to its Bonny export terminal and siphon off oil. (Reporting by Joe Brock; editing by Sue Thomas)

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