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UPDATED: 08:05, January 17, 2006
Shell to remain in Nigerian delta region despite violence
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Royal Dutch Shell insisted on Monday it has no plans to abandon its activities in the Nigerian river delta region, Dutch media reported on Monday.

The energy giant evacuated 326 workers and contractors from four flow stations in the swampy region on Sunday. This followed a bomb attack on the pipeline linking them to the main export terminal last week.

The violence effectively "shuts in" 106,000 barrels of oil carried daily by the pipe. This amounts to 10 percent of Shell's capacity in Nigeria.

Shell announced it had no plans for a wider pull out following rumours its was about to be driven out by the violence.

The multinational has faced hostility for some time from impoverished locals who claim Shell has done little to help the estimated 20 million people in the region.

It was reported that armed men of the Ijaw ethnic group killed at least one person and injured ten others on the Benisede flow station in Bayelse State in an early-morning raid. It was the fourth such attack in five days.

Source: Xinhua

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