Shell has defied threats from the militant group, Niger Delta Avengers to commence exports of crude oil from its Forcados terminal.
Royal Dutch Shell has resumed crude exports from the Forcados terminal in Nigeria after major repairs on its affected pipelines attacked by the Niger Delta Avengers. The revelation was made on Tuesday by a Presidency source, Dailytrust reports.
"The Shell Director, Mr. Andrew Brown, informed the President of the resumption of oil exportation through the Forcados terminal following its restoration," the presidency said after a meeting between Brown and President Muhammadu Buhari.
Brown is in charge of Shell’s upstream business.
Forcados crude has been under force majeure from operator Shell since a militant attack on the subsea pipeline in February, part of a wave against oil facilities in the Delta.
Forcados exports were between 250,000 and 300,000 barrels per day prior to the strike claimed by a militant group, the Niger Delta Avengers.
The Nigerian oil ministry had earlier said in a tweet the OPEC member’s oil output had risen to 1.9 million bpd, up from the previously reported 1.4 million bpd. It did not explain why.
"Brown commended the anti-corruption posture of the Buhari administration as well as the efforts to streamline and stabilise the economy for long term projects, saying all the efforts will go a long way to reinforce Shell investment plans in Nigeria," the presidency statement said.
Brown also called for a "continued protection by the Nigerian navy in view of repeated threats of attack by militants".
On Tuesday, the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), has claimed responsibility for the blowing up of Chevron’s Escravos Export Pipeline at Escravos Offshore. A statement by the group, signed by Major General Mudoch Agbinigbo, said the pipeline attack took place at about 3:45 am on Tuesday and was carried out by its Strike Team 06.