Shell Halts Oil Output in Niger Delta

IBADAN, Nigeria (Dow Jones), Apr. 14, 2010

Shell Petroleum Production Co, or SPDC, a joint venture of Royal Dutch Shell PLC, said Wednesday that it has temporarily shut down its joint venture-operated offshore East Area field in Nigeria's Niger Delta, leading to the deferral of 100,000 barrels of oil production for the total duration of the outage.

A company spokeswoman said in a statement the shutdown was necessary "as a precaution to enable repairs to equipment which connects the floating, production, storage and offloading facility, Sea Eagle with the mooring platform.

She said the equipment in question was scheduled to be overhauled in May 2010, but bad weather, including a storm on 26 March, has forced the schedule to be brought forward.

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