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Vol 44 No 7

Published 4th April 2003


Nigeria

Delta force

Just when oil markets needed abundant West African crude supplies (AC Vol 44 No 6), an explosion of violence in Delta State has cut off a third of Nigerian production. Attacks by Ijaw youth groups on 22-23 March forced ChevronTexaco, Shell and TotalFinaElf to shut down oilfields. Chevron has closed its Escravos system and evacuated its 1,800 staff while the Shell Petroleum Development Company struggles to protect Forcados and Bonny Light streams.

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