Shell Resumes Oil Exports From Forcados Terminal

ShellRoyal 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.

Shell Declares Force Majeure On Gas Supplies To Nigeria

Shell-petroleumShell Petroleum Development Company has declared force majeure (FM) on gas supplies to the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) export facility on Bonny Island.

“The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC) declared force majeure on gas supply to NLNG on 8 August 2016, following a leak on the Eastern Gas Gathering System (EGGS-1) pipeline through which it supplies the bulk of its gas to NLNG,” a spokesman told Reuters in an emailed statement.

SPDC, Royal Dutch Shell’s Nigerian unit, is a joint venture with state oil company Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). They supply gas to the LNG plant.

The declaration may impact exports from the facility, which is situated near Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

“The pipeline has been shut down for a joint investigation visit into the cause of the leak and repairs,” the spokesman said, adding that SPDC continues to supply gas to the facility through other pipelines.

NLNG, set up 16 years ago to export gas, is owned by NNPC, Shell, Total and Eni.

It has the capacity to produce 22 million tonnes of LNG a year and has long-term supply contracts with Italy’s Enel , Shell, France’s Engie SA and Portugal’s Galp, among others. It also sells on the spot market.

Down more than two-thirds from 2014 levels, spot LNG prices have been rising in recent months due to production outages in Angola and Australia.

The rally ran out of steam last week and prices declined sharply as Chevron’s Gorgon LNG project resumed production, but potentially lower output from Nigeria LNG may again tighten supply.

Niger Delta Avengers: Britain Cautions FG Over Military Option

Niger Delta Avengers, Niger Delta, MILITARY OPTIONThe British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright, has cautioned the federal government over military option as a measure to tackle the resurgence of militancy and other criminality in the Niger Delta region.

The British High Commissioner was speaking in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, shortly after his courtesy visit to the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo.

He also advocated for dialogue as part of a comprehensive approach that should be adopted by Nigerian government to address the situation, adding that force alone may not bring about a lasting solution to the Niger Delta issue.

The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), an armed militant group, and other violent youth organisations have been launching violent attacks on oil and gas facilities in the Niger Delta area.

Early on Friday, the Niger Delta Avengers militant group claimed three new attacks in the Niger Delta region.

The group said through its Twitter account that it had blown up a pipeline in Bayelsa State owned by Italy’s ENI, hours after attacks on another ENI pipeline as well as one belonging to Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC).

This is sequel to several other attacks they have carried out in recent weeks resulting in international oil companies shutting down their facilities and consequently a drop in the country’s revenue from oil.

The action has forced the federal government to respond by deploying troops to the area’s creeks to stop the alleged destruction of national economic assets and spate of sabotage being perpetrated there by the region’s restive youths.

Niger Delta Avengers Militant Group Claims Attacks In Bayelsa

Gunmen-Militants-insurgentsThe Niger Delta Avengers militant group has claimed three new attacks in the Niger Delta region.

Early on Friday, the group said through its Twitter account that it had blown up a pipeline in Bayelsa State owned by Italy’s ENI, hours after attacks on another ENI pipeline as well as one belonging to Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC).

The group said on a Twitter account it uses to claim attacks that it has blown up the Brass to Tebidaba crude oil line in Bayelsa.

The pipeline is used to transport Brass River crude, which was placed under force majeure after an attack in May, to an export terminal.

Hours earlier, the group said it blew up the Ogboinbiri-Tebidaba and Clough creek-Tebidaba pipelines in Bayelsa and a Shell forcados export pipeline.

That grade has been under force majeure since an attack on a sub-sea pipeline in February.

ENI has not confirmed or denied the attacks, but a spokesman for the SPDC, which operates the forcados line, says the company is “investigating reports of an attack on its pipeline in the western Niger Delta.

Nigerian Military Intensifies Action Against Niger Delta Avengers

Nigerian military, Niger Delta Avengers, Niger DeltaThe 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.