Niger Delta Avengers 'Blow Up' Chevron Wells in Nigeria
Chevron’s RMP 23 and RMP 24 wells in Nigeria have been blown up, according to a Twitter statement from the Niger Delta Avengers.
With the heavy presence of 100 Gunboats, 4 Warships and Jet Bombers NDA blew up Chevron Oil Well RMP 23 and RMP 24 3:44am this Morning.— Niger Delta Avengers (@NDAvengers) 1 June 2016
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.
RMP 24 and RMP 23 are Chevron Swamp Highest producing Wells. #Boom— Niger Delta Avengers (@NDAvengers) 1 June 2016
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:
- May 13 – An explosion occurred at a Chevron oil well at the Marakaba pipeline in Warri.
- May 17 - A gas pipeline in Ogbembiri, Bayelsa state, belonging to Italy’s Eni, was blown up. The attack impacted approximately 1,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, according to an Eni spokesperson.
- May 22 – A crude oil pipeline in Bayelsa, operated by Eni subsidiary Nigerian Agip Oil Company, was damaged with dynamite.
“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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