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Mauritania Starts Pumping Oil

February 24, 2006

NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania (AP) _ The northwest African nation of Mauritania became Africa’s newest oil producer Friday, pumping crude from an offshore platform for the first time.

Production started at the Chinguetti oil field, located 40 miles west of the capital, Nouakchott, in the Atlantic Ocean, said Aboubakr Ould Marouani, director of the state-run Mauritanian Hydrocarbon Company, which is charged with overseeing oil sales.

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