Nigerian Oil Company, Agip is losing about 16,000 barrels of crude oil per day due to the bombing of its pipelines Thursday night. The attack has led to a decline in its production from 40,000 barrels before the bombing and has also led to huge spillage of crude from the pipelines into the sea and fishing camps.
The bombing allegedly launched by suspected militants was triggered by dynamite attacks and has affected the pipelines in Orukari, Golubokiri and Kpongbokiri communities in Brass area, Bayelsa State.
A spokesman of the mother company, Eni confirmed the attack on Monday, saying that the company was putting things in place to restore normalcy and resume optimal production.
”The Eni production impacted by the incident was 16,000 barrel of oil equivalent daily, and as of Monday morning all the activities aimed at restoring production have been activated.”
The National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) said the blast was an act of sabotage and security operatives would first have to clear the site before NOSDRA officials would go in to assess the extent of the bombing on the environment.
The recent bombing of pipeline in the Niger Delta is becoming a serious issue. Earlier in January, some militants reportedly bombed crude oil and gas pipelines in Okpelama community of Delta State.
Barely a week later, another attack was carried out at Escarvos leading to the shutdown in Warri and Port Harcourt refineries. Former militant leader Government Ekpemupolo alias Tompolo was accused of being behind the bombings.
Tompolo, however, has denied involvement in the attacks, saying he did not carry out any bombing and did not send anybody to destroy oil installations and claiming his enemies sponsored the mayhem to implicate him.
President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the act and has promised to decisively deal with those involved in oil theft, pipeline vandalism and bombing in the Niger Delta area, saying, “the oil thieves and abductors are a less problematic target. We will re-organize and deal with them.”