Pipeline blast in Bayelsa dips Agip’s crude export by 16,000 barrels daily

Pipeline blast allegedly carried out by militants on Agip’s facility on Thursday has resulted in a drop of 16,000 barrels of oil equivalent daily.

A source at Eni, an Italian energy firm and parent company of Nigerian Agip oil Company (NAOC), said the oil firm was working to restore normalcy and resume optimal production, following the explosions.

Eni said in an e-mail response that the cause of the blast was being investigated by the Nigerian security agencies.

“The Eni production impacted by the incident was 16,000 barrel oil equivalent daily, (boed) and as at Monday morning all the activities aimed at restoring production have been activated,” Eni stated.

Production data obtained from Eni’s website indicated that NAOC exports some 40,000 barrels of oil equivalent from the oil firm’s crude export terminal before the explosion cut production by 16,000 boed.

Sources at National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) said on Monday that the blast was an act of sabotage and therefore fell within the scope of security agencies who would first have to clear the site before its officials can assess the impact of the incident on the environment.

The spokesman of a joint military team deployed to protect oil facilities on the Niger Delta, Isa Ado, could not be reached for comment as several calls to his mobile phone did not get a response.

The explosion came barely two weeks after an earlier strike at Escravos led to the shutdown of Warri and Port Harcourt refineries and disruption in gas supply to some power plants.

The pipeline is located in Orukari, Golubokiri and Kpongbokiri communities of Brass Local Government in Bayelsa.

Both attacks came weeks after a Lagos High Court issued an arrest warrant on a famous ex-militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo, aka Tompolo, to answer charges of fraud.

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