BY FESTUS OKOROMADU
Royal Dutch Shell has shut down an Escravos crude oil flow station in Nigeria’s Niger Delta after villagers demanding aid staged a protest, the firm and residents said on Wednesday.
The oil major said the flow station on the pipeline operated by its joint-venture partner SPDC was no longer processing crude oil, but the impact on Escravos exports, which can run via other avenues, was not immediately clear.
Shyne Edema, a protest leader, said his group was demonstrating at the facility, shutting down power and water supplies as well as crude production to press Shell into providing community development funds, a common refrain in the neglected region which provides much of Nigeria’s oil output.
“Today is the eighth day of the protest,” he said. “We have laid siege at the facility from dusk to dawn since then. We are there now as I speak