A gas pipeline in Nigeria’s Niger Delta region operated by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has been attacked.
The attack occurred late on Thursday, according to a spokesman for a local community group and a witness.
The pipeline, which connects the Escravos oil terminal to Warri, supplies gas to different parts of the country.
There have been a resurgence in militant attacks in the oil-rich southern region in the last few weeks, with strikes on pipelines and oil facilities.
A group that calls itself the Niger Delta Avengers has claimed responsibility for most of them.
Reuters quoted a spokesman for the Ijaw Youth Council, as saying the attack occurred around the village of Ogbe Ijoh, near Warri.
Local resident, James Dadiowei, said a “loud bang” at the NNPC pipeline had thrown the community into panic on Thursday night.
“The explosion occurred last night on the pipeline belonging to the NNPC,” said Omare.
A spokesman for the NNPC was unable to confirm the attack.
Sabotage Of Oil Installations
It is not clear if the gas pipelines provides gas to any electricity company.
But recent attacks on gas pipelines have been blamed for the nation’s current poor power situation, as the nation of over 160 million people share a capacity that is below 4,000 megawatts.
President Muhammadu Buhari had earlier on Friday in Abuja assured oil companies operating in the Niger Delta that the Federal Government was taking all necessary actions to protect strategic assets in the region from vandals and criminals.
He spoke at a meeting with the Global Director (Upstream) of the Royal Dutch Shell Group, Mr Andrew Brown.
The President told the oil giant that he had directed the Chief of Naval Staff to reorganise and strengthen the military Joint Task Force in the Niger Delta to deal effectively with the resurgence of militancy and the sabotage of oil installations.