Eni, parent company of Nigerian Agip Oil Company, NAOC, says that its production has been reduced by another 4,200 barrels per day following Sunday’s attack on one of its pipelines in Bayelsa.
An earlier attack in the area on May 18, had led to a shutdown of some 1,000 barrels amounting to a total production loss of 5,200 barrels of its share of oil output.
A short email by a staff of the oil company’s media relations unit on Tuesday confirmed the development.
The email confirmed attacks on the Ogbaimbiri – Tebidaba pipeline that affected production of 4,200 bop/d.
Residents at Ikeinghenbiri community in Southern Ijaw council of Bayelsa State on Sunday fled the area, following a clash between rival armed groups at an oil field operated by NAOC.
A resident, Ebidimo Joseph told journalists that the groups were struggling for control of the Ogboinbiri-Tebidaba crude trunk line which passed through the area with one of them claiming to be safeguarding the facility.
Meanwhile, Bayelsa State Commandant of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps, NSCDC, Mr Desmond Agu, said that men of the command got reports of the incident on Sunday and responded promptly.
Agu said the vandals took to their heels on sighting the gunboat of NSCDC but his men were able to arrest one suspect with the help of community people.