Shell Evacuates Workers from Escravos Area

Shell has evacuated workers from the Jones Creek and Egwa 1 flow stations over the weekend and is planning to evacuate more workers from flow stations around Escravos due to growing ethnic violence in the area. Shell said earlier clashes in the western Niger Delta had forced it to shut down two flow stations with a loss of approximately 30,000 barrels per day of crude.

Unrest in the area is spreading ahead of next month's national elections. One of the major campaign issues is revenue sharing of oil exports. Conflict in the area is escalating and fighting has broken out between the Ijaw and Itsekiri tribes. The warring tribes have set up barricades on waterways in an effort to slow traffic and hamper the movement of supply boats to and from exports terminals and flow stations. Shell has employees trapped at flow stations and more evacuations will be made as soon as helicopter transport can be arranged.