Wpid Vandalised Pipeline
Pipeline Burst Again

At least 12 people have been confirmed killed in Nigeria’s Delta area, where a pipeline under the maintenance of an Italy-based multinational oil firm had exploded, an official statement said Friday.
The incident occurred Thursday, as maintenance crew of the Italian oil firm, Eni, were working on a faulty pipeline on the Tebidaba-Clough Creek line near the town of Azuzuama in Nigeria’s southern Bayelsa State, the oil firm said.

Four bodies were found floating on the river on Friday, as search continues for more casualties, a local resident said.

But in all, 12 people have been confirmed dead and three injured, the oil company said.
The deceased were identified as engineers working on the faulty pipeline.

The Eni is currently in a joint venture with the state-run Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.
Iniro Wills, an official of Nigeria’s Bayelsa State, told reporters Friday that the disaster was still being investigated. Environmental authorities had commenced a search mission at the place of the incident, he added.
Pipeline explosions are not rare in oil-rich Nigeria. In 2006, more than 400 lives perished in pipeline explosions in and around the country’s commercial hub, Lagos.

About 300,000 barrels are lost daily to pipeline vandals who tap crude by damaging facilities along the southern region of Nigeria. Enditem


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