MEND claimed responsibility for attack on the pipeline
The Management of Shell Petroleum Development Corporation, SPDC, on Thursday said it had declared a force majeure on the lifting of crude from its Forcados facility in Warri, Delta State.
The SPDC’s spokesperson, Precious Okolobo, in an email to PREMIUM TIMES, stated that the action was taken on Tuesday to allow for repairs on the 48-inch crude export pipeline.
Mr. Okolobo noted that the subsea line was shut when a leak was discovered on March 4, leading to suspension of SPDC and third party crude oil exports through the terminal.
A part of the mail read: “The SPDC Joint Venture declared force majeure on lifting of Forcados blend effective 0900hrs on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, due to ongoing repairs on the 48-inch crude export line at Forcados Terminal in the Western Niger Delta. The subsea line was shut when a leak was discovered on March 4, 2014, leading to suspension of SPDC and third party crude oil exports through the terminal.”
He stated that during helicopter over-flights, a slight sheen was found around the export line which prompted further investigations. The investigation which involved community representatives, SPDC, regulators and security agencies, found that the leak was caused by third party interference.
“Unknown persons had installed a crude theft point on the line in water depth of about eight metres. SPDC has mobilised equipment and materials to the site, and is working to repair and reopen the line as soon as possible,” Mr. Okolobo stated.
Although Shell said the action was done by ‘unknown persons,’ a group has claimed responsibility.
MEND claims responsibility for attack
The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, MEND, had on Thursday, said it had blown up a major oil pipeline belonging to Shell Petroleum Development Corporation, SPDC, in Warri, Delta State.
In a statement by its spokesperson, Jomo Gbomo, MEND said its scuba divers, in the early hours of the day, attacked the Forcados Sub-C pipeline.
The group had, on March 1, attacked the same pipeline; a situation which led to the latest attempt to repair it.
Part of the statement read: “At about 0300hrs today Thursday, March 27, 2014, scuba divers from the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta revisited the Shell Forcados Sub-C pipeline in the Western Delta which we had sabotaged earlier on Saturday, March 01, 2014.
“We were successful in causing further damage to the on-going repair works, inflicting the heaviest toll ever on the oil industry since the commencement of Hurricane Exodus.”
MEND also took responsibility for the Thursday, March 20 attack on Agip crude oil and gas pipelines in Ikarama Oil Fields, Bayelsa State.
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