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Shell opens Nigeria gas plant 2 days after closure

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Associated Press

LAGOS, Nigeria -- Royal Dutch Shell PLC says it has reopened a natural gas plant after isolating the leakage point of a damaged pipeline in Nigeria's oil-rich southern delta.

A Shell spokesman said in a statement Friday its Nigerian subsidiary had resumed operations at the plant that provides gas for Nigeria's power grid.

Spokesman Tony Okonedo said the company is now repairing the leakage point and investigating the source of the damage.

The plant was shut down Wednesday, days after Shell announced it could not meet crude oil production goals until October, because of spills caused by hacksaw cuts on some of its oil pipelines.

Shell's pipelines run across Nigeria's resource-rich region of swamps, mangroves and creeks. Nigeria is a top supplier of crude oil to the U.S.