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Niger Delta Avengers Claim Fresh Attacks On Shell, Eni Oil Facilities

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Posted: Jun 3, 2016 at 12:40 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Niger Delta Avengers said on Friday they carried out series of attacks on production facilities operated by Shell and Eni in the Niger Delta region, to further cripple oil output from the OPEC member country.

The self styled Niger Delta Avengers said in a tweet it bombed the Ogboinbiri to Tebidaba and Clough Creek to Tebidaba crude oil pipelines in southern Bayelsa state at about 2:00am Friday, and about an hour later blew up the 48-inch Forcados export line operated by Shell.

“This is in line with our promise to all international oil companies and indigenous oil Companies that Nigeria oil production will be zero,” the group said in the tweet from its usual Twitter account.

The Forcados pipeline was previously attacked in February, resulting in Shell declaring force majeure on exports of the Forcados crude grade.

A Shell spokesman said the company was looking into the latest militants’ claim. “We are investigating the reported attack on our pipelines in the Western Niger Delta area” .

A spokesman for the Ijaw Youth Council, Udengs Eradiri, confirmed the attacks. “It’s unfortunate,” he said. The council is a civil rights organization set up to promote the interests of the Ijaw ethnic group in the Niger Delta region.

State oil company Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, whose upstream subsidiary the Nigerian Petroleum Development Co. also utilized the Forcados pipeline to transport its crude, said previously the facility would be repaired by the end of June.

The Niger Delta Avengers said it attacked the pipeline again following its earlier warning to Shell not to undertake repairs of the facilities.

The rebels had on Tuesday threatened more attacks on oil installations as well as oil workers in the region, in reprisal for a military raid on a militant hideout in a bid to halt production outages.

The threat was followed by attacks on two oil wells operated by Chevron in the Niger Delta.

The Niger Delta Avengers claimed responsibility for most of the recent attacks on oil facilities in the region, including last Saturday’s attacks on the Nembe 1, 2 and 3 Brass to Bonny trunkline owned by Italy’s Eni and indigenous company Aiteo.

Renewed militancy in the oil-rich Niger Delta, which resurfaced after years of relative calm, has seen Nigeria’s crude oil and condensate production cut by almost half from the start of the year to around 1.1 million b/d, an official from state-owned oil company Nigerian National Petroleum Corp. said last week.