Platform in Niger Delta attacked by local militians

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A newly formed group calling itself the Niger Delta Avengers attacked a Chevron’s Okan offshore facility on May 4th at 11 PM.

“Okan offshore facility in the Western Niger Delta region was breached by unknown persons.” – said Chevron in a statement to Reuters

Assault led to a spill and US company was forced to shut the facility. In Friday Chevron said that 35,000 barrels a day of its own net production was affected. Okan offshore platform feeds crude and gas into the massive Escravos export facility, which is also owned by Chevron and Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation.
Fortunately no one was hurt during the invasion. A spokesman for the Nigerian Navy said the attackers used dynamite to damage the platform and that they attacked an oil and gas collection point of the area.
According to Bloomberg Nigeria is producing oil at its lowest levels in two decades. For the first time since 1994 production is below 1.7 million barrels per day. Country’s economy is struggling the downtrend in energy prices and attacks in the north by the Islamists.
Attacks on the pipelines and violence rose in Delta when authorities issued an arrest warrant for Tompolo (Niger Delta ex-militiant leader – Government Ekpemupolo), who said:

“The President should allow people of the Niger Delta Region to know peace, otherwise he will not know peace as well.”

Niger Delta Avengers has already announced another attacks. What is really worrying is that this region will continue to be very dangerous for next year or maybe even longer. The country that was Africa’s biggest crude producer is slipping back into chaos.

Read more:

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/001fabc6-13af-11e6-91da-096d89bd2173.html

http://www.maritime-executive.com/article/chevron-platform-in-niger-delta-attacked

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-05-09/oil-union-says-workers-evacuated-as-niger-delta-security-worsens

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