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Shell has reportedly evacuated staff from an offshore Nigeria platform following a militant attack on a Chevron platform last week.

According to All Africa, Shell evacuated 98 key personnel from the Eja OML 79 platform with helicopters over the weekend.

Sources told the news site that a small group of staff are still on board the platform to carry out skeletal operations.

Sources also told All Africa that an undisclosed number of staff were evacuated from the Bonga field that is operated by the Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company.

Rivers state chairman of the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria Chika Onuebgu told Bloomberg that the evacuations were done as a precautionary measure and said that oil operations are still ongoing in areas that have not been attacked.

Shell told Bloomberg that it is monitoring the situation and is taking measures to ensure the safety of its workers.

The company has not confirmed if it has evacuated staff.

The reported evacuations came less than week after Chevron halted production at the Okan offshore facility in the Western Niger Delta region following a militant attack.

Chevron told Reuters that its Okan offshore facility was “breached by unknown persons” last Wednesday and the company deployed resources to respond to a spill of undisclosed size.

No injuries or casualties were reported.

A group known as the Niger Delta Avengers took responsibility for the attack.

The Okan facility has a daily output of about 90,000 barrels.

A Chevron spokesperson told Africa News on Friday that the incident has impacted “approximately 35,000 barrels per day (bpd) of Chevron’s net crude oil production in Nigeria.”

Chevron’s General Manager, Policies, Government and Public Affairs Deji Haastrup told the Punch last week that the shut-in will not impact the company’s crude exports.

Nigeria is the largest oil producer in Africa but sporadic supply disruptions have resulted in unplanned outages of up to 500,000 barrels per day, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.


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