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Nigeria: Shell has had enough

SHELL, the company most affected by the years of violence in the Niger delta and the other difficulties of working in Nigeria, has finally had enough. In December, it invited offers for a swathe of its onshore fields and last month underlined its new stance with a statement from Peter Voser, group chief executive, that "we no longer depend on [Nigeria] for our growth aspirations." In – for Shell – surprisingly forthright comments about the country in which it has been the dominant producer for over 50 years, Voser cited "uncertainties about the future of the fiscal structure" and the government giving "priority to maintaining oil production over reducing gas flares", in addition to the "s

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