Shell says 60 workers kidnapped in Niger delta, station shut

Armed youths in Nigeria's restive Niger Delta seized a flow station run by oil company shell and took 60 workers hostage today, causing a production loss of some 12,000 barrels of oil per day, the company said.

Lagos, Oct 11: Armed youths in Nigeria's restive
Niger Delta seized a flow station run by oil company shell and
took 60 workers hostage today, causing a production loss of
some 12,000 barrels of oil per day, the company said.

"After firing some warning shots, the attackers took hold
of the security post, where they are holding some 60 SPDC
(Shell Petroleum Development Company) and contractor staff,"
the Anglo-Dutch Oil Firm said.

Shell blamed armed youths from the Oporoma Community in
Bayelsa State, at the mouth of the delta, for the attack on
its field logistics base and the adjoining nun river flow
station.

It said the flow station had been closed down as a result
of the incident.

"The nun river flow station has been shut, resulting in
production loss of some 12,000 barrels of oil per day," it
added.

It said there were no casualities but the state
government had sent officials to negotiate with the attackers.

Shell did not disclose the identities of the kidnapped
workers.

Communities living in the oil-rich delta often accuse
foreign oil companies of reneging on promises to provide jobs
and social amenities.

Tensions have flared in recent months in the niger delta,
which is home to Nigeria's multi-billion-dollar oil and gas
industry but whose inhabitants live on an average of less than
one dollar a day.

Bureau Report

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