Thursday, May 6, 2010

Italian oil field in Nigeria resumes production


JOHANNESBURG — Italian oil company Eni SpA says it has resumed daily production of 12,000 barrels of oil at a facility in Nigeria's restive Niger Delta.

An Eni spokesman told The Associated Press the company had resumed production Wednesday at its subsidiary's Brass River oil operation after declaring an end to a force majeure — a disruption ordered when an oil producer cannot meet promised supply.

The spokesperson did not say what prompted Wednesday's action. The facility is in an area often beset by militant attacks. The spokesperson spoke on condition of anonymity in line with company policy.

The company most recently declared a force majeure at the facility in late April but did not give details.

Nigeria's is the third-largest oil exporter to the U.S.

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