(Updates after Exxon Mobil's statement)
LONDON, March 3 Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) said
on Monday it has lifted the force majeure on exports of
Nigerian Bonny Light and Forcados crude.
In January, the Anglo-Dutch oil major declared force
majeure on Forcados export due to sabotage to a pipeline. A
large part of the grade's exports had been hit by militant
attacks to another pipeline in 2006.
"Pipeline repair has been done. We are able to meet all
commercial obligations," a Shell spokesman said.
Force majeure on Bonny Light exports was declared in early
February, following pipeline leaks.
The Shell spokesman declined to specify current production
levels for the grades. Without any problems, Bonny Light
production should be around 400,000 barrels per day and
Forcados around 380,000 bpd.
A spate of civil unrest and militant attacks to facilities
has caused disruptions on supplies from Nigeria, Africa's
largest oil exporter and an OPEC member country.
That has partly contributed to oil price rallies, which
have scaled to new peaks above $100 a barrel this year.
Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM.N) has found what it called a minimal
release of oil in the sea offshore Ibeno in Nigeria and has
shut in some output as a precaution.
The U.S. oil major said Mobil Producing Nigeria (MPN) had
temporarily shut in production from part of the western section
of its joint venture operations with Nigerian National
Petroleum Corp (NNPC).
"MPN has located the source of the release and is in the
process of restoring production," it said in a statement.
The company did not specify the scale of the shut-in.
Traders said earlier on Monday that Exxon has delayed some
of the March exports of another Nigerian Qua Iboe crude due to
a pipeline leak.
Exxon operates the Qua Iboe terminal in Ibeno.
Traders said two or three cargoes of Qua Iboe for March
loadings, each carrying about 950,000 barrels of oil, were
likely to be delayed by up to 10 days.
The U.S. major was not available to comment or confirm the
loading delay. It operates the 400,000 bpd Qua Iboe fields.
Nigeria produces gasoline rich crude oil. It is the
fifth-largest crude oil supplier to the United States, the
world's largest consumer.
(Reporting by Ikuko Kao; Editing by Christian Wiessner)