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Total Nigeria Shuts Gas Plants, Oil Wells After Leak

April 15, 2012

Total E&P Nigeria Ltd. shut gas plants and oil wells in Obite, Rivers State, in the country’s oil-rich southern delta, following a leak at one of its facilities.

The leak at a gas plant probably followed an incident during drilling on March 20, the Nigeria unit of Total SA (FP) said in an e-mailed statement today.

The company is working “to ensure the protection of communities and personnel and to limit the impact on the environment,” according to the e-mail.

Nigeria produced 2.14 million barrels a day of crude in March, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA), Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM:US), Chevron Corp., Total SA and Eni SpA run joint ventures with the state oil company that pump more than 90 percent of the country’s crude oil.

Total holds a license for the OML 58 project in the delta region in a joint venture with the state oil company Nigerian National Petroleum Corp.

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