Shell Says Talking With Occupiers Of Niger Delta Flow Station
First Published Wednesday, 25th August 2010 12:42 pm - © 2010 Dow Jones
IBADAN, Nigeria -(Dow Jones)- Shell Petroleum Development Co., or SPDC, is talking with the occupiers of its Otumara-Escravos flow station in Nigeria's southern Delta state, a company spokesman said Wednesday.
Tony Okonedo said some "aggrieved" women in Ugborodo area of the state seized the flow station and the company is "employing dialogue" to solve the problem.
He didn't give details on whether the protest has affected production.
The women are protesting about a lack of amenities, particularly the provision of electricity, and the protection of their shore against erosion. Last week they blocked access to Chevron Corp.'s (CVX) new Escravos/Warri natural gas pipeline in the area.
Armed militants and aggrieved communities regularly hamper oil and gas production in the Niger Delta.
SPDC, a unit of Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSA), is the largest oil and gas producer in Nigeria.
-By Obafemi Oredein, contributing to Dow Jones Newswires; 234 2 7510489