A Nigerian oil workers union has recently confirmed that a pipeline operated by state oil firm NNPC has been attacked by a militant group. A reasonably new militant group had already claimed the attack on Saturday.
The Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate group claimed that it had attacked the Efurun-Otor pipeline in the in the Urhobo region on Saturday.
"There was an attack," said Lucky Sorue, Chairman for Oil and Gas Workers in the Urhobo region, as quoted by Reuters. "Although the pipeline was not in use at the time of attack, NPDC periodically makes use of it and it is a major carrier of their product from (oil mining lease) OML 34 to OML 65."
The Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate became present in August, when it began attacking pipelines. The Greenland group has been targeting NPDC installations because these are the only installations in the area where the Greenland group operates.
Last week, Nigeria said that its oil production had increased to 1.9 million bpd from the 1.3 million bpd it produced in spring 2016. Before militant attacks started a couple of years ago, Nigeria was pumping 2.2 million bpd. The sharp drop in Nigeria’s crude oil output had been primarily due to the Niger Delta Avengers militants targeting oil infrastructure in the Niger Delta region.
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