Shell has deferred exports of about 6.3 million barrels of Forcardos crude grades from Nigeria to August.
This, according to sources, followed the company’s inability to fulfil its contractual obligations to refineries abroad and other consumers on supply of the crude grade for July loading.
The deferment of exports was based on Shell’s readiness to begin full-capacity exports at its Forcados terminal, which has been shut since May 5.
The company’s subsidiary in Nigeria, Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), announced Tuesday that its Joint Venture (JV) had lifted the force majeure on the crude oil stream, which has been in effect for over two months.
The force majeure, in place for more than two months, was lifted, according to the company, after it had completed the repairs on the NPDC operated Trans Forcados Pipeline.
“The Shell Petroleum Development Company Joint Venture lifted the force majeure on exports from Forcados Terminal effective 18:00 Nigerian time yesterday, July 13, 2015,” Shell said in a statement.
“This followed the completion of repairs on the NPDC-operated Trans Forcados Pipeline.”
The company declared force majeure on May 5 following “a series of leaks” in the Trans Forcados pipeline that brings the oil to the export terminal.
“Traders however said on Tuesday that the several cargoes from the original plan of exports for Forcados crude in July included seven cargoes with a total of 6.3 million barrels had already been deferred to August as a result of loading delays.
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Source:: New Mail