UPDATE 1-Nigeria LNG declares force majeure as of Oct. 4

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LONDON, Oct 5 (Reuters) - Nigeria liquefied natural gas(LNG) on Friday declared a force majeure on plant output afteran attempt to steal crude oil from a pipeline led to a fire,Shell said.

"An attempt was made to steal crude oil from the Bomu-Bonnytrunk line and offload it onto a waiting ship that led to a fireon the line and on the ship on Sunday," a Shell spokesman said.

The force majeure, which covers the company should deliverynot occur due to circumstances beyond its control, took effectas of Oct. 4, he said.

Shell, which has a 25.6 percent stake in Nigeria LNG, onSunday shut its 28-inch Bomu-Bonny trunk line after oil thievescaused a fire, it said.

Africa's top oil producer, which is ranked seventh in theworld for LNG exports, loads tankers from its Bonny Islandliquefaction plant in the Niger Delta for export to Europe, Asiaand the United States.

The other stakeholders in Nigeria LNG are state-run energyfirm NNPC with 49 percent, Total (15 percent) and Eni

(10.4 percent).

(Reporting by Oleg Vukmanovic; editing by James Jukwey)

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