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Nigerian women block Chevron pipeline in protest

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

The group of Nigerian women who have blocked access to a Chevron natural gas pipeline in the south of the country have said they are protesting against poor living conditions in their community.

The women from the Ugborodo community in Delta State want Chevron to provide access to electricity and to attend to damage to the environment. The protesters are forbidding access to the plant and preventing operations from taking place.

A similar protest was abandoned last month following a promise from the Delta State government to look into the community's grievances.

In 2009, Chevron's total daily production in Nigeria averaged 480 000 barrels of crude, 111 million ft3 of natural gas and 3000 barrels of liquefied petroleum gas.

Oil and gas operations in Nigeria are often disrupted by communities demanding jobs and a fairer distribution of industry revenue, as well as protests against environmental degradation.

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