Wednesday, 2 November 2016

BREAKING: Hours After Stakeholders Meeting With President Buhari, Niger Delta Militants Bomb Trans Forcados Export Line

Suspected Niger Delta militants bombed a pipeline that only resumed operation at the weekend following repairs after a previous attack. The latest attack happened on November 1, just hours after the meeting of President Buhari with the leaders of Niger Delta to discuss how to end the persistent militancy attacks plaguing the region.

However, no group has yet claimed responsibility for this attack. A security official, who asked not to be named, said: “The attack was carried out with the aid of dynamite and it is coming less than 48 hours after the resumption of operations at the flow station.” 

Dickson Ogugu, chairman of Batan community where the pipeline is situated, confirmed the development, adding that a surveillance team had recognized the place of the attack. “The entire river is flooded with contents from the damaged trunkline and we are at the receiving end,” he said.
The line belongs to the Pipelines and Product Marketing Company (PPMC) and receives crude from Batan near Warri.

Several militant groups, including the Niger Delta Avengers, have attacked oil facilities since February, reducing the nation’s output and hammering incomes. The groups claim to be seeking a fairer share of Nigeria’s multi-billion-dollar oil wealth for residents of the region — as well as greater political autonomy. Following peace talks in Abuja chaired on November 1 by the leader of the nation, junior oil Minister Emmanuel Kachikwu said the country’s oil production was returning to normal. 

Nigeria usually produces around 2.2 million barrels per day (bpd), but output fallen to a low of 1.4 bpd this year due to attacks on Oil facilities. Recall that the same pipeline was attacked in July and had only resumed operation at the weekend following repairs.

Culled from: Naij