Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell has extended a force majeure on shipments from its Nigerian Forcados oil terminal due to the delay in the repair of the damaged Escravos pipeline.
The force majeure declared on 7 March, in respect of March and April shipments loading at Forcados, has been extended with no indication to when it would be lifted. It was necessitated by the delay in carrying out repairs of the 24-inch trunkline feeding the exports terminal.
The pipeline was damaged in early March as unknown vandals blew up the Trans-Escravos oil pipeline which collects crude from various production plants scattered around the restive Niger Delta region.
Shell has been a regular target of attacks by militants in southern Nigeria over the past three years, forcing it to shut down some facilities and several times defer contractual obligations to clients.