Shell’s Nigerian subsidiary said on Friday it was investigating a claim by the Niger Delta Avengers that it had struck another pipeline in the restive oil-producing south.
“We are investigating reports of an attack on our pipeline in the western Niger delta,” Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) spokesman Precious Okolobo told AFP, without elaborating.
The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), blamed for a wave of bombings on Nigeria’s oil infrastructure since the beginning of the year, earlier claimed responsibility for the attack.
“At 3:00 am today (0200 GMT Friday), @NDAvengers blow up the SPDC Forcados 48? export line,” it said on its Twitter account.
The attack was carried out because Shell had refused to heed earlier warnings not to repair the pipeline, which was damaged in February, it added.
The NDA, which says it is seeking a fairer share of Nigeria’s oil wealth for the Niger delta people, has asked oil majors to leave the region.
It has also attacked facilities operated by US firm Chevron, Italy’s Eni and the state-run Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
The army said on Thursday that six people, including two soldiers, were killed when militants attacked a boat belonging to the NNPC in the region, but the NDA denied involvement.