Nigeria Loses 10,000 b/d to Weekend Attack on Agip Oil Pipeline – Thisday

Chineme Okafor in Abuja

Hopes for a quick rebound of Nigeria’s crude oil production to pre-January 2016 levels of 2.2 million barrels per day, suffered another setback at the weekend following the attack on the pipeline operated by Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC), and resulting in the loss of 10,000 barrels per day (b/d).

THISDAY checks late yesterday evening in Abuja revealed that the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) on Friday claimed they blew up the Nembe 1, 2, and 3 trunk lines which link the Brass and Bonny terminals in Bayelsa State in the early hours of the morning.

Agip sources however told the paper that the attack led to the shut-in of about 10,000b/d with Agip suffering production loss of 4,000b/d equity.

The development follows disclosure on Friday by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu that there were possible cracks in the federal government’s reported dialogue with militants in the Delta, hence, the resumption of hostilities.

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