“Stop attacking oil pipelines”, NNPC boss begs Niger Delta militants.

The Group Managing Director, GMD, of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, M.K. Baru, on Thursday appealed to the Niger Delta militants to stop attacks on oil installations.

Delivering a Keynote Address at the SPE Annual Oloibiri Lecture Series in Abuja, Baru said the cessation of militants’ attack will enable the corporation to grow the gas industry for the “benefit of Nigerians.”

Baru noted that vandalisation of oil installations in the Niger Delta region was the most disruptive challenge to supplies across the country.

According to Baru, “The need to encourage gas production to meet increasing national demand is paramount.

“FG’s Gas Master-Plan Policy was intended to address the gas supply situation in the country. The Policy details out major infrastructure expansion, gas supply development acceleration and revamp of gas commercial framework.

“We are addressing the nation’s gas supply challenges through the launching of the 12 Business Focus Areas.

“One of the key components of the #12BUFA is Gas Development whose strategic plan is to increase domestic gas supply by 2020.

“Under the Gas Development Plan, we intend to grow gas supply to support the power sector and stimulate gas-based industrialisation.

“We also intend to selectively expand our export footprint in high value and strategic foreign markets.

“Gas pipeline vandalism has been the most disruptive challenge to supply across the country.

“We appeal to the militants to stop the attack on pipeline infrastructure to enable us grow the gas industry for the benefit of Nigerians.”

 

Source: Daily Post

Nigeria to lose 300,000bpd as militants bomb three oil pipelines.

The Niger Delta Avengers militant group said it has bombed three oil pipelines in southern Nigeria, an attack it said would lead to a production loss of 300,000 barrels per day in the OPEC-member nation.

Attacks on pipelines by several militant groups have slashed Nigeria’s oil production helping to tip the country into recession as it struggles to adapt to the low price of crude globally.

The Niger Delta Avengers, blamed for a wave of such attacks since the start of the year, said the latest bombing was to register its displeasure with way the government was handling grievances in the oil region.

“At about 11.45 pm November 15, 2016, our Elite Strike Team 03 struck Nembe 1, 2 and 3 truck line operated by Agip, Oando and Shell with supply capacity of 300,000 barrel per day to Bonny export terminal in Bayelsa State,” the NDA said in a statement late Tuesday.

“We are only reiterating our strong resolve that time is running (out) against the Nigerian government, that there is doom ahead,” it said.

“The Nigerian government needs our cooperation more than we need the government as it concerns the extraction of the crude oil and hydrocarbon resources in our God-given land,” it said.

There was no immediate confirmation of the attacks from the government.

Nigeria has deployed troops to end the renewed insurgency in the region and has initiated peace talks with the oil rebels.

But divisions between rival militant groups appear to be making it hard for the government to strike a lasting peace deal.

A 2009 amnesty deal with militants helped end sabotage, but the violence reignited after President Muhammadu Buhari’s cash-strapped government temporarily ended amnesty payments and charged a prominent warlord with graft.

“Stop claiming responsibility for our bombings” – Avengers tells NDGJM

There are indications of hostilities within the camp of militant groups in the Niger Delta region.

This was as the Niger Delta Avengers berated the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate, NDGJM, for claiming responsibility for most of the attacks carried out on pipeline in the region.

NDGJM has severally claimed responsibility for attack on pipeline installations across the oil rich region.

But Avengers spokesperson, Mudoch Agbinibo, in a series of tweets on its twitter handle @AgbinibiND, on Monday said NDGJM was making false claims.

Aginibo wrote: “Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate, NDGJM group blowing up of 3-inch and 6- inch flow lines shouldn’t give you wings.

“NDGJM, why not try your hands on major pipelines if you can. NDGJM, stop claiming responsibilities for bombings carried out by wannabes and aggrieved youths that are not part of your group.

“The Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate (NDGJM) has been claiming responsibility lately in the region, but I want to tell you that most of the works are not done by the group.

“You might want to ask me how I got to know about this; we are insiders and we know ourselves. Most of the claims of bombing by NDGJM are done by wannabes or aggrieved community youths.

“The Trans Forcados Pipeline is one of such jobs they claimed responsibility but was not done by NDGJM.”

NDGJM over the weekend warned the Federal Government to prepare for another onslaught on oil facilities in the region in no distant time, stressing that it would not be a part of the ceasefire declared by sister militant groups.