Africa

Nigerian Chevron facility bombed, ExxonMobil cuts exports

  • FILE - This Monday, Dec. 26, 2011 file photo, shows a member of Shell staff on the Bonga offshore oil Floating Production Storage and Offloading vessel off the coast of the Niger Delta in Nigeria.  Shell closed the terminal exporting Nigeria's benchmark Bonny Light crude oil on Wednesday May 11, 2016 and was evacuating workers from a threatened oil field as renewed militant attacks cut production in Africa's biggest petroleum producer, the company and a union leader said. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba, file)

    FILE - This Monday, Dec. 26, 2011 file photo, shows a member of Shell staff on the Bonga offshore oil Floating Production Storage and Offloading vessel off the coast of the Niger Delta in Nigeria. Shell closed the terminal exporting Nigeria's benchmark Bonny Light crude oil on Wednesday May 11, 2016 and was evacuating workers from a threatened oil field as renewed militant attacks cut production in Africa's biggest petroleum producer, the company and a union leader said. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba, file)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 26, 2011 file photo, Shell Bonga offshore oil Floating Production Storage and Offloading vessel off the coast of the Niger Delta in Nigeria. Shell closed the terminal exporting Nigeria's benchmark Bonny Light crude oil on Wednesday May 11, 2016 and was evacuating workers from a threatened oil field as renewed militant attacks cut production in Africa's biggest petroleum producer, the company and a union leader said. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba, file)

    FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 26, 2011 file photo, Shell Bonga offshore oil Floating Production Storage and Offloading vessel off the coast of the Niger Delta in Nigeria. Shell closed the terminal exporting Nigeria's benchmark Bonny Light crude oil on Wednesday May 11, 2016 and was evacuating workers from a threatened oil field as renewed militant attacks cut production in Africa's biggest petroleum producer, the company and a union leader said. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba, file)  (The Associated Press)

Witnesses say an explosion has closed a second Chevron facility in Nigeria as renewed attacks by militants further cut production in Africa's biggest petroleum producer.

Production already had reached a 20-year low because of attacks on a Chevron platform last week and on a pipeline that forced Shell to suspend exports of Bonny Light on Wednesday. Shell's Forcados export terminal has been shut since a February bombing.

Villagers said militants attacked a Chevron well on Marakaba pipeline Thursday. They requested anonymity for fear of repercussions.

Meanwhile, Exxon Mobil on Friday said some production of Qua Iboe crude has halted because a drilling rig damaged a pipeline. The company declared force majeure, protecting it from contractual obligations.