Following the repairs on a vandalized 4-inch gas line at Okaka in Yenagoa, which a declaration a ‘force majeure’. Eni, the Italian parent company of Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) revealed that it has lifted the ‘Force Majeure’
This was disclosed in a statement by Eni on Friday evening, citing that normalcy has returned to its gas export operations.
Vandalism in the past months has affected Nigeria’s electricity distribution and oil production value chains. Productions in some crude wells have been reduced to as low as 20% of output.
What they are saying
Eni disclosed in an emailed statement that it lifted the ‘Force Majeure’, on its gas operations which halted gas export feed to the Nigeria Liquified Natural Gas (NLNG) by 5 million Standard Cubic Meters per day (MMSCM/d) at the 24-inch gas line at Okaka in Yenagoa.
They also indicated that normalcy has returned to its gas export operations, following the restoration of the Ogboinbiri to Obiafu/Obrikom gas pipeline at Okaka in Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, after it was vandalized by third-party interference on April 5.
“Force majeure was lifted at Bonny NLNG on April 13. It was declared on April 6,” it said.
Force Majeure is a legal clause inserted in contracts to protect suppliers from liabilities due to circumstances beyond their control.
Mr Idris Musa, Director-General and Chief Executive of National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency, revealed that investigations traced the incidents to sabotage by vandals.
In case you missed it
Recall Nairametrics reported earlier that the company stated that it shut in all gas wells that feed the line to douse pressure and pave way for repairs which were completed on April 8.
- The company said, “A gas leak incident due to third-party interference occurred on 5th April along 24’ Ogbainbiri to Obiafu/Obrikom Gas pipeline at Okaka in Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.”
- It added that all wells conferring in that pipeline were immediately shut in and line depressurised whilst the area was cordoned off for safety reasons.