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MarketWatch: Shell restarts 18,000 barrel-per-day output station in Niger Delta

Last Update: 5:25 AM ET Oct 9, 2006

LONDON (MarketWatch) — Royal Dutch Shell PLC’s (RDSB.LN) Nigeria unit has restarted an 18,000 barrel-a-day crude oil flow station in the Niger Delta, a company spokeswoman said Monday.

“The 18,000 b/d from the Cawthorne Channel in the eastern Niger Delta is now flowing,” said the spokeswoman although she wouldn’t specify when the oil came back on line.

The crude feeds into the Bonny export terminal. However, the 9,000 b/d Ekulama-1 flow station near the Cawthorne Channel is still shut down, the spokeswoman added.

The flow station, that also feeds into the Bonny Terminal, was shut down Friday. Government troops have been battling speedboats full of heavily armed fighters for control of key oil installations in the region.
The spokeswoman declined to say when the Ekulama-1 flow station would be back in operation.

Separately, Shell’s Nigeria Unit the Shell Petroleum Development Co., still has 477,000 b/d crude oil production shut in the western Niger Delta.

TABLE OF ESTIMATED LOST NIGERIAN OIL OUTPUT (Output in barrels a day) FACILITY COMPANY LOST OUTPUT RETURN DATE Forcados Terminal & EA Platform SPDC -a 477,000 1H ’07 -b Ekulama-1 Flow Station SPDC 9,000 n/a (Cawthorne Channel) Olero Creek CNL -c 85,000 2006-2007 Marakaba CNL 13,000 n/a TOTAL 584,000 -d a. SPDC is the Shell Petroleum Development Co., a joint venture operated by Shell, which owns 30%, and with the Nigerian National Petroleum Co. with 55%, Total SA (TOT) with 10% and Eni SpA (E) unit Agip SpA with 5%. b. Aminu Baba-Kusa, general manager of the marketing arm of NNPC, said on September 13 that 120,000 b/d of output from the offshore EA platform will return by February 2007 and Forcados output within the first half of the year. c. CNL is Chevron Nigeria Ltd., which is a joint venture operated by Chevron Corp. (CVX), which owns 40%, and NNPC with 60%. d. Total is some 23% of Nigeria’s estimated capacity of 2.6 million b/d.

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