The Nigerian militant group calling itself the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) claimed Thursday to have blown up a pipeline belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corp. (NNPC), the first attack since its proposal for a dialogue with the government, Kallanish Energy learns.
“At 4:00am @NDAvengers blow up NNPC Pipeline in Oruk Anam Local Government Area in Akwa Ibom,” the militant group said on its Twitter account.
NDA spokesperson Mudoch Agbinibo said in a website statement Monday “we only want a genuine attitude and conducive atmosphere that will make us commit to any proposed dialogue and lasting peace talks.”
The militants restated their “commitment to attack the interests of oil corporations and international operators of Nigerian refineries that bring in vessels to the Niger Delta territory to buy our oil,” in defense of improvements and development for the region, neglected by governments since 1958.
“If they refuse to heed to our advice, it will result in the sinking of two [of] their mother vessels as an example to others. They [oil companies] should not undertake any repair of pipelines, oil and gas facilities that are damaged or attacked by our forces during this period of “Operation Red Economy” until and/or after the dialogue,” said Agbinibo.
The attacks in the oil-rich, swampy Niger Delta region in southern Nigeria have disrupted crude supplies and help reduce the global oil glut. The sabotage has cut the OPEC member’s production to its lowest levels in roughly 20 years.
Nigeria’s May production dropped to 1.42 million barrels per day (MMBPD), from 1.67 MMBPD, according to secondary sources cited by OPEC. The country, which is no longer Africa’s largest oil producer, told the cartel it pumped 1.50 MMBPD last month, compared to 1.57 MMBPD in April.
NNPC didn’t respond to Kallanish Energy’s request for comment.