Renewed Militant Attacks Constrain Nigeria’s Anticipated Oil Revenues

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Production down to 1.67m barrels as price rises above $50

The Federal Government’s anticipated revenue have further been constrained by the renewed attacks on oil facilities by Niger Delta militants . . .

In Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State this week, there was an attack. A section of the Tebidaba-Brass pipeline along Azuzuama- Ikienghenbiri creek in Bayelsa State that belongs to Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC), an arm of the Italian oil giant Eni, was blown up.

Agip

The NAOC on Tuesday declared force majeure on oil exports Brass crude, the second in a month. Force majeure is a legal concept that absolves companies from liabilities of contractual obligations due to factors outside its control. ENI said its production was cut by 4,200 barrels per day.

An attack in the area on May 18 resulted to a shutdown of some 1,000 barrels bringing a cumulative production loss to 5,200 barrels of the oil firm’s share of crude output

Shell and ExxonMobil had earlier halted production temporarily following leaks and vandalism of oil pipelines. Shell declared force majeure after continued attacks on its Nembe Creek Trunk Line (NCTL).

Shell stated that the force majeure was invoked following a leak at the Nembe creek, which may result into more unavoidable accidents. It added that repairs on the 90-kilometre trunk line were being carried out by AITEO Eastern Exploration and Production Company. It is ot known when the repair will be concluded.

ExxonMobil also declared temporarily force majeure on its Qua Iboe crude grade because of obstructions along a bridge leading to its Forcados terminal, which has been resolved.

ExxonMobil

Eni spokesperson confirmed the developments in a short e-mail. It said: “I can confirm the attack to the Ogbaimbiri – Tebidaba pipeline, with 4,200 barrels per day of production affected. I can confirm thatforce majeure has been placed on Brass oil exports from May 22, 2016.”

 Nigeria’s oil production levels have been severely attacked by the activity of militants with the resurgence of militancy costing the nation as much as 800,000 barrels of crude oil per day.

The continual attacks prompted President Muhammadu Buhari to order enhanced security in the region. Nigeria relies on oil sales for 70 percent of government revenue but income has been hit by the global fall in oil prices since mid-2014 and increased militancy.

Buhari has begun programmes and policies that would in the next few years make Nigeria independent of oil revenues for survival. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo also said production is now at 1.67 million barrels per day (bpd) against a budgeted 2.2 million bpd, which was further confirmed by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, during a special session with members of the House of Representatives.

The monthly allocation from the Federation Account for April shared on Wednesday among the tiers of government fell by N18.2 billion.

The Federal Government, states and local governments, shared N281.500 billion for April campared to N299.747 billion shared for March.

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Militants Bomb Chevron Crude Oil Pipeline in Warri, Again!

Daredevil Niger Delta militants on Thursday night stormed the Chevron crude oil pipeline located at Abiteye in Warri South West Local Government of Delta State and bombed out the crude oil pipeline, forcing the American oil giant to shut down its crude oil output from some fields in the western Niger Delta region of Nigeria.

Chevron

Credible reports indicate that the militants, suspected to be members of the newest militant group, the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), arrived the at the oil pipeline location about 10 pm in two boats, bombed the crude oil pipeline, the company’s major trunk used to convey oil for export and vamoosed into the desolate creeks of the Niger Delta – the same watery way they came.

Reports monitored from the Niger Delta say the Nigerian Army and Navy personnel deployed in the area put up no resistance to the surprise attack by the heavily armed militants.

Industry sources said the attack was a major blow to the operations of Chevron, projecting that the company might reduce drastically its activities as a result of the incident.

No group has, however, claimed responsibly but it is believed in security and industry circles that it was carried out by the NDA. Yesterday’s incident was the third in three weeks by the militants on Chevron facilities.

Chevron was, however, silent about the incident yesterday as the company’s spokeswoman in the United States told Reuters that it was against company policy to comment on the safety and security of personnel and operations.

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Renewed Militant Attacks Constrain Nigeria’s Anticipated Oil Revenues