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Nigerian Guerillas Attacks Shell Operated Pipeline

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oilandgaseurasia.com: Nigerian Guerillas Attacks Shell Operated Pipeline

21.04.2008 

Nigeria’s most high-profile armed group said it had sabotaged a major Shell-operated pipeline in the country’s southern oil patch and warned of more attacks. 

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta also said it provided the logistics and support to the group that carried out the warning attack on a Chevron oil facility in Delta state. Shell could not immediately comment on MEND’s announcement. 

“MEND will offer materials such as explosives to communities that have now realized that it is better to destroy oil facilities in their territory since they do not benefit from them in the first place,” it said in a statement. “We have started enlisting men to join the fight that is inevitable and can assure the oil companies that they are in for a raw deal as the military is not in the position to protect them,” it said. 

It said it had sabotaged a major Shell-operated pipeline at Adamakiri in Rivers state, which ties into the Bonny crude oil export terminal. 

“We have decided to step up our attacks ahead of schedule and there will be many more to follow,” it warned. 

Since it rose to prominence in early 2006, MEND has launched a string of kidnappings and attacks on oil and gas facilities, which saw 20% of Nigeria’s oil output shut in. 

Source: Platts

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