Eni pipeline attacked in Nigeria, 4,000 bpd affected

Sabotage of pipelines by oil thieves in southern Nigeria is not unusual.

Last Updated: Oct 30, 2010, 00:12 AM IST

Lagos: A pipeline belonging to the Italian oil firm Eni was attacked overnight in Nigeria`s oil-producing Niger Delta, shutting in 4,000 barrels a day of crude production, the company said on Friday.

Eni said an "act of sabotage occurred in a minor pipeline of the Osiama field in Bayelsa state, Nigeria”.

However, it did not issue a warning that it may not be able to meet its contractual obligations because the affected levels of production are small.

"No force majeure has been declared due to the minor amount of production involved," it said.

Sabotage of pipelines by oil thieves in southern Nigeria is not unusual.

Militants have also carried out repeated attacks on pipelines and other industry targets in the country`s south in recent years, demanding a fairer distribution of oil revenue.

The attacks led to a decline in production to about one million barrels per day in the world`s eighth largest oil exporter, but an amnesty deal offered to militants last year has greatly reduced the number of incidents.

Output has since increased in Africa`s most populous nation to more than two million barrels per day, according to the most recent report from the International Energy Agency.

PTI