Nigeria’s main militant group said on Monday it had sabotaged an oil pumping station in the Niger Delta operated by Chevron, the fifth attack claimed against the U.S. energy company in less than a month. The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) said it attacked the Chevron-operated Abiteye flow station, which feeds oil to the Escravos export terminal in Delta state.
It was not possible to verify the statement independently. Chevron officials were not immediately available for comment. The militant group, which declared “an all-out war” against the military last month, threatened to expand its campaign in the region to include offshore oil facilities.
Oil markets have largely shrugged off the latest violence, focusing attention instead on the broader global economy and its affect on energy demand. “After destroying the entire oil infrastructure in Delta state, the hurricane will move into the neighbouring states of Bayelsa and Rivers before passing through the remaining state of Ondo, Edo and Akwa Ibom then finally head offshore,” MEND said in an e-mailed statement.
Chevron facilities in the southern Delta state have become a favourite target for attacks by MEND, which says it is fighting for a fairer share of the region’s wealth. Chevron has halted much of its operations in Delta state, shutting output of 100,000 barrels per day, after militants bombed one of it pipelines on May 24.
SOURCED FROM REUTERS