Villagers with sticks and machetes staged a protest at a major U.S-operated oil production facility in Nigeria on Monday, forcing it to halt output as a precaution, authorities said.
The protest at the gates of Chevron's Abiteye flow station in the western Niger Delta, which feeds the 160,000 barrel per day (bpd) Escravos export terminal, was triggered by alleged delays in compensation for an oil spill.
"There is a community protest. They are carrying sticks and machetes, but the place is full of government security forces who were drafted in over the weekend. The company has not lost control of the facility," a security source said.
Chevron said 42,000 bpd in oil output was hit by the protest. Talks have already begun and the company expects the crisis to be resolved quickly, said spokesman Femi Odumabo.
Spills are one source of constant friction between oil companies and communities in the Niger Delta, a vast wetlands region which is home to all of Nigeria's crude.
Before Monday's dispute, unrest and attacks on oil facilities in other parts of the delta had already shut 652,000 bpd, or a quarter of the OPEC member nation's total capacity.
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