Unknown attackers late Tuesday blew up a gas pipeline belonging to Italian Oil Company ENI in Ogbembiri, Bayelsa State, the company told Reuters yesterday.
It was the latest in a string of attacks on oil and gas facilities in the region.
On Monday, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Ibe Kachikwu said sustained attacks had cut oil production to 1.4m from 2.2 million barrels per day.
Nigeria has already lost its position to Angola as Africa’s top crude oil producer. Further decline could see Algeria also overtake Nigeria. Eric Omare, a spokesman for the Ijaw Youth Council, an umbrella organisation of youth groups in the southern region said, ““It is not clear if it is connected to militant activities or ordinary vandals or people paid by contractors to do so as to get repair contracts,”
A spokesman for ENI said “sabotage” of the pipeline had affected 1,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.