Chevron's RMP 23 and RMP 24 wells in Nigeria have been blown up, according to a Twitter statement from the Niger Delta Avengers.
Chevron’s RMP 23 and RMP 24 wells in Nigeria have been blown up, according to a Twitter statement from the Niger Delta Avengers.
The attack was carried out in the presence of “100 gunboats, 4 warships and jet bombers,” said an NDA spokesperson in a Tweet. RMP 24 and RMP 23 were labeled by the group as some of Chevron’s highest producing wells.
Chevron was not immediately available to confirm the attack.
The Niger Delta Avengers claimed responsibility for an assault on Chevron’s Escravos terminal in Nigeria May 26.
NDA used explosives to damage the Escravos tank farm main electricity feed pipeline, which resulted in Chevron’s onshore activities in the Niger Delta being shut down.
The attack followed NDA’s warning to Chevron that no repair works should be carried out to facilities previously targeted by the group, until NDA’s demands are fully met. NDA claimed on its official website May 11 that it suspected Chevron was preparing to carry out repair works at the Okan Valve platform, which was blown up by the group at the start of the month.
In an emailed response to Rigzone last week, a Chevron spokesperson said that the company will not comment on the safety and security of its personnel and operations as a matter of long-standing policy.
The Escravos incident comes after a series of other attacks on oil and gas companies operating in the Niger Delta. These include:
“Despite the heavy presence of military in the creeks, it will not stop us from carrying out our operations. We are ready to destroy more pipelines,” said NDA spokesperson Col. Mudoch Agbinibowe on the group’s website.
“We won't only destroy pipelines, but will bring the fight to your tank farm and your Headquarters in Lekki, Lagos. If you continue to undermine us and go ahead with the repair works you won’t see us coming but we are coming for you,” the threat continued.
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