Suspected vandals blow up Agip’s gas pipeline in the Bayelsa community
Suspected vandals have blown up the 24” Ogboinbiri/Obiafu-Obrikom (OB-OB) gas pipeline of the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) in Azikoro community, Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa state.
According to reports, the incident has reduced Nigeria’s gas export feed for the Nigeria Liquified Natural Gas(NLNG) by five million Standard Cubic Meters per Day (MMSCM/d).
Residents living near the blast site reported hearing the sound of an explosion Tuesday morning, September 20th, 2022. They also saw wires and small batteries that were being used by suspected vandals to explode an Improvised Explosive Device.
On Wednesday, Mr. Idris Musta, Director-General and Chief executive Officer, National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency, (NOSDRA), confirmed that the pipeline explosion was true.
He stated that the gas line, which averagely evacuates five (5) MMSCM/d, was reported to the agency by the early hours of Tuesday morning.
Musa stated that a team comprising the Secretary for the Azikoro Community, Bayelsa Commissioner For Mineral Resources, and representatives from NOSDRA visited the incident site on Wednesday at 9:00 AM.
He explained that an explosion was also reported to the agency by the Azikoro community at 11.38 am and subsequently, NOAC, the owners of the facility, was promptly notified of the incident.
“Due to high pressures, NAOC was directed by NOSDRA to depressurize the facility preparatory to a Joint Investigation Visit (JIV) which will follow immediately to ascertain the cause and extent of the incident,” Musa said.
“NAOC is already at the incident site with the agency, among other stakeholders, working to contain the explosion and secure the incident’s site preparatory to JIV and other remedial measures.”
He assured the people that NOSDRA would conduct the investigations in a transparent manner promising that the agency’s findings would be made public in due course.