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Blast shuts 2nd Chevron facility in Nigeria, oil production impacted

world Updated: May 14, 2016 10:05 IST
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(Representative image) A petrol station in Ahaoda in Nigeria's Delta region. Renewed attacks by militants further cut production in Africa’s biggest petroleum producing-nation.(Reuters File Photo)

Witnesses say an explosion has closed a second Chevron facility in Nigeria as renewed attacks by militants further cut production in Africa’s biggest petroleum producer.

Production already had reached a 20-year low because of attacks on a Chevron platform last week and on a pipeline that forced Shell to suspend exports of Bonny Light on Wednesday. Shell’s Forcados export terminal has been shut since a February bombing.

Villagers said militants attacked a Chevron well on Marakaba pipeline on Thursday. They requested anonymity for fear of repercussions.

Meanwhile, Exxon Mobil on Friday said some production of Qua Iboe crude has halted because a drilling rig damaged a pipeline. The company declared force majeure, protecting it from contractual obligations.