Niger Delta Avengers blow up another Agip pipeline
In continuation of its onslaught against oil facilities of multinationals operating in the Niger Delta, the Niger Delta Avengers has blown up a major crude trunk line belonging to Agip in Bayelsa State.
“3:am of Friday @NDAvengers blow up the Obi Obi Brass Trunk line belonging to Agip ENI. It is Agip’s Major Crude oil Line in Bayelsa State,” the militant group said on its Twitter handle.
3:am of Friday @NDAvengers blow up the Obi Obi Brass Trunk line belonging to Agip ENI. It is Agip's Major Crude oil Line in Bayelsa State.
— Niger Delta Avengers (@NDAvengers) June 10, 2016
There was no immediate confirmation of the attack from Eni.
On Thursday, militants also bombed a pipeline operated by the state-run oil firm the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) at Ogidigben in Delta state.
Industry sources said the attack happened at 7:40 pm along the Chanomi creek. No group has claimed responsibility.
The NDA has been attacking facilities operated by Nigerian subsidiaries of Anglo-Dutch oil group Shell, US firm Chevron, Eni and the NNPC since the start of the year.
The upsurge in unrest has reduced Nigeria’s output to 1.6 million barrels per day, well below the budgeted-for 2.2 million bpd.
That has heaped further pressure on government revenues already hit by the global fall in crude prices since mid-2014.
The NDA, which says it is seeking a fairer share of Nigeria’s oil wealth for the Niger delta people and self-determination for the region, has rejected a government truce to end the violence.