Militants have allegedly blown a gas pipeline belonging to Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) and the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) in Bayelsa State.
According to reports, the incident occurred in the early hours of Monday, the 23rd of November, 2020 around Ikarama and Kalaba communities of Yenagoa Local government area of the state.
It is believed that the militants blew up the pipeline linking Shell’s Adibawa flowstation at JK4 (Edagberi/Betterland) in Ahoada West local government area of Rivers State to Shell operated integrated gas gathering plant at Obunagha with explosives.
An eyewitness was quoted as saying “We had a deafening sound from the area very early in the morning”,
Similarly, Ben Warder, a youth leader in Ikarama near the incident site, told newsmen on Tuesday that residents heard several sounds from the explosions that rocked the oil fields on Monday.
“The site is not far from Ikarama, we heard sounds from the blast and it sounded like dynamites and it was not safe to go near.
“So, when the situation became quiet we had to trace what happened and it turned out that Shell’s gas pipeline and Agip’s crude lines were destroyed.
A spokesperson for the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria, Michael Akande who confirmed the attack in a statement issued on Tuesday said:
“We have report of an interference on our pipeline about 1 kilometre from Ikarama Community in Bayelsa State. We immediately shut-in the line and we have informed the relevant regulatory government agencies and stakeholders. A government-led joint investigation team will determine the cause of the interference.