Royal Dutch Shell has resumed crude oil exports from the forcados terminal. This follows the restoration of the damaged facilities by Niger-Delta militants in the south-south region of the country.
The development was communicated to the presidency by the Director of Global Upstream of Shell, Andrew Brown.
Forcados crude has been under force majeure from operator, Shell, since a militant attack on the sub-sea pipeline in February.
Exports from the terminal was between 250,000 and 300, 000 barrels per day before the strike claimed by militant group, Niger Delta Avengers.
Meanwhile, the militant group at about 4am on Wednesday reportedly blew up a Chevron offshore export pipeline at Escravos in Delta State.
Reports say suspected militants have blown up an oil pipeline operated by Shell around the village of Odimodi in Delta State.
This attack comes as the Federal Government confirmed that it is holding talks with representatives of various militant groups in the Niger Delta, aimed at resolving the agitations of marginalisation and environmental degradation of the area.
According to some residents who spoke with Reuters, the latest explosion at the Trans Ramos pipeline occurred early on Sunday morning, shaking nearby homes and creating a “ball of fire”.
In a statement obtained by Reuters, shell says it is “investigating the reported incident”, adding that the Trans Ramos pipeline (TRP) transports oil to Forcados terminal and has been shut since the leak on the Forcados export line in February.
Nigeria’s crude oil production has been cut to less than two million barrels per day as a result of the continued attacks, especially by the Niger Delta Avengers, which claimed it is not part of the dialogue with the Federal Government.
The Nigerian military have again staged a major attack in Oporoza community in the Gabaramatu Kingdom of Delta State in search of a group which calls itself the Niger Delta Avengers.
The group, which has claimed responsibility for some of the attacks on major installations in the oil-rich Niger Delta region, has come under intense scrutiny of the Nigerian military and efforts are being made to put their activities to check.
It is still unclear if the military has captured any member of the group but there are indications that the military is moving closer to unravelling the details of the militants’ activities and how to curb them.
The military, in its recent security search with intermittent raids on the area, has shown seriousness in halting the attacks of the vandals and militant group.
There are reports that attacks by the militants have caused huge damages to infrastructure, causing Nigeria’s output in the energy and oil sector to go to its lowest in several years.
The activities of the militant group have also forced Shell’s Forcados terminal to shut, including the offshore Chevron facility in the Escravos system with other companies also forced to declare force majeure -a suspension of deliveries because of events beyond its control.