MEND attack Chevron pipeline in Nigeria
Militants continue to target Nigeria's oil infrastructure
By Nicola Carroll
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The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has said that it attacked an oil pipeline recently repaired by US supermajor Chevron in the Niger Delta.
MEND had recently warned the major oil compnaies working in Nigeria that if they tried to repair damaged pipelines and flow stations rebels would attack them again.
"Our fighters revisited the recently repaired Chevron pipeline linking Alero creek through Abiteye to the Chevron export terminal in Delta state and destroyed it again," MEND said in a statmenet published by Reuters.
The movement is just one of numerous attacks by Nigerian militant groups over the last two months which has seen Chevron shut down 100,000 barrels per day of production from its swamp operations in Delta state following previous attacks on its pipeline in May.
Anglo-Dutch supermajor Shell and Italian player Agip have also been hit by militant attacks, halting a total of 300,000 bpd of the Opec member's output which caused an increase in the Brent crude price of a dollar per barrel back in March.
The Nigerian government has said that the conflict will soon be resolved.