Total suspends production in Nigeria

Jul 06, 2004 02:00 AM

French oil group Total has suspended production of oil and gas in Nigeria for security reasons, due to problems with workers, a director of the company's Nigerian subsidiary said.
"We had to suspend production from Friday afternoon for security reasons," Emmanuel Chiakana, development director at Elf Petroleum Nigeria, told from Port Harcourt, in southern Nigeria.

"We have problems with staff and the situation is not healthy. We had to stop production.”
"We have a degraded situation. The shutdown of production is based on safety. Our staff are asking for career improvements, we are negotiating with the Minister of Labour," he added.

Negotiations were being held in Port Harcourt, the west African country's main oil city, where Elf Nigeria's operational headquarters are based.
Elf Nigeria produces 215,000 bpd of crude oil and natural gas, according to Chiakana. It is the fifth largest producer of oil in Nigeria, Africa's biggest and the world's sixth largest exporter of crude, with 2.5 mm bpd.
(Production has started again on 18/07; AGOC/AW)

Source: Agence France Presse
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