The U.S. oil company Chevron says it will suspend export contracts for
much of its Nigerian output after an attack a key pipeline last week.
a statement Thursday, Chevron said it will invoke the "force majeure"
clause, excusing the company from its contracts until December 31.
majeure is a legal term, relating to events beyond a company's control
that prevent it from meeting contractual obligations.
Friday, militants in southern Nigeria attacked a Chevron pipeline that
feeds into the Escravos terminal. The company says the attack reduced
oil production by about 90,000 barrels a day.
A spokesman says efforts are being made to restore output. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
oil-producing Niger Delta region is regularly subjected to attacks both
by criminals who are looking to make money and militants who are
demanding that residents in southern Nigeria get a bigger share of the
country's oil wealth.
Nigeria's crude oil output is down about
20 percent since late 2005, when militants began their campaign against
the government and oil companies. Before the violence, Nigeria was
pumping about 2.5 million barrels of oil per day.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP.