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Shell says not eager to restore oil production in Nigeria
Last Updated(Beijing Time):2006-03-28 11:21
Royal Dutch Shell has said that it will not be eager to restore oil production in Nigeria, though three foreign hostages working for one of its subcontractors were on Monday released unharmed by militants there.

The abductors, on their parts, had reiterated threats of more attacks in the delta, the oil industry heartland in Africa's biggest oil exporter, despite the release of the three Westerners, including two Americans and a Briton, who had been held hostage for more than one month.

Shell "is happy that the hostages are freed and we expect them to rejoin their families soon. We are currently assessing the security situation and will decide when it is safe for our workers and contractors to return to work sites in the western Niger Delta," a company spokesman told Xinhua.

Shell, the biggest foreign oil company in Nigeria and the militants' main target of attacks, has been forced to suspend 455,000 barrels per day (bpd) of production due to four-month violent unrest in the western Niger Delta.

Other oil companies such as Italy's Agip have been forced to shut about 175,000 bpd.

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