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Sun, 10 Jan 2010 10:17 - Updated Sun, 10 Jan 2010 10:17

Chevron pipeline attacked in Nigeria


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Lagos - Nigeria's main rebel armed group in the restive oil producing Nigeri Delta on Saturday said it had a hand in an attack on a Chevron crude oil pipeline which forced a shut in of 20,000 barrels a day.

The attack on Friday took place at Makaraba about 100 kilometres (60 miles) southwest of Warri, one of the main cities of Delta State.

Chevron spokesman Scott Walker confirmed the attack, telling AFP: "Chevron Nigeria Limited ... confirms that there was a breach on its Makaraba-Utonana pipeline in Delta State, Nigeria on Friday, January 8, 2010."

The sabotage led "to a shut in of production of about 20,000 (bpd) from the Makaraba and Utonana platforms to protect the environment," said Walker from Houston, Texas.

Violence had subsided in the months after an amnesty offer declared by the government of President Umaru Yar'Adua in July last year.

The attack is the second known following the laying down of arms by thousands of militants in the delta under the government's unconditional pardon.