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Total halts production at Nigeria’s OML 58 over flooding

23 October 2012, Sweetcrude, LAGOS – FRENCH oil giant, Total, said Tuesday it declared force majeure 10 days ago at its Nigerian natural gas field due to flooding, which forced the company to halt production there, according to Dow Jones Newswires

Total is the operator of the onshore OML 58 field and owns a 40% interest in it.

The force majeure concerns supplies to the Nigerian Liquefied Natural, NLNG, plant in Bonny, Rivers state as well as Total’s services suppliers.

The loss in output from OML 58 is partially compensated by additional production of Total’s other fields in the country, which are offshore, a spokesman for the company said, according to Dow Jones Newswire.

The company declined to say when production would restart and the force majeure would be lifted.

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  • By the time the cost of this flooding is computed, Nigeria may be looking at losses in excess of $3 billion. We urge the government to appreciate the magnitude of the flooding and declare a state of emergency in affected areas immediately, as well as call for international relief efforts. Obviously, government emergency relief agencies are overwhelmed already and completely incapable of dealing with the logistics required to contain the fallouts thereof. There is no shame in pleading incapacity, provided lives are saved.