Shell Shuts-in Production from Amukpe Flowstation

Shell has closed the Amukpe flowstation in Nigeria's Delta State reducing Forcados crude output. The flowstation was closed earlier this week after women invaded the flowstation protesting against a decision by Shell which prevents them from drying tapioca using gas flared at the installation. "We are saying we don't want the women burnt. We are protecting them," Frank Effeduma a Shell spokesman said.

Shell hopes to reopen the flowstation by this weekend. The company has not released exact figures on just how much production is being shut-in. James Ibori, the governor of Delta State, was leading the negotiations to resolve the conflict between Shell and the local communities. Reopening the flowstation depends on the recommendations of governor Ibori: " If he gives a guarantee that our staff should go back, we will go back," Effeduma added.

Meanwhile, Shell has restarted production at two other Forcados flowstations, which had been closed since March because of ethnic unrest.