Kunle Kalejaye 29 September 2015, Sweetcrude, Lagos – The Nigerian Agip Oil Company, NAOC – a subsidiary of the Italian multinational Eni – recorded six cases of crude oil spill this month (September) and 11 cases in August, according to spills data obtained by SweetcrudeReports.
NAOC operates Nigeria’s OMLs 60, 61, 62 and 63 as well as OPLs 282 and 135.
The data obtained from the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency, NOSDRA, confirmed all 17 cases which were mainly caused by sabotage and theft.
According to NOSDRA, NAOC had two cases of gas spill due to sabotage and theft on September 2. The first occurred on the 6” Tuomo-Ogbeinbiri pipeline at Ogbosuware swampy area while the second incident occurred on the 6” Tuomo-Ogbeinbiri pipeline at Adegbe, both in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. The two cases were reported to NOSDRA the following day.
On the September 8, NAOC spilled seven barrels (1,110 litres) of crude oil due to sabotage and theft on the 6” Ogboibiri-Tebidaba flowline at Azuzuama, Southern-Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State. NOSDRA said a “2′ x 2′ incision or cut was made by unknown persons on the pipeline, causing the spill.
The next day, September 9, another spill occurred on NAOC’s 18” Tebidaba-Brass pipeline at Tebidada flow station located in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, but the amount of crude spilled was unknown.
Three day later, on September 13, the company spilled two barrels (318 litres) of crude oil due to the same issue of sabotage and theft on the Ebocha flowline, along old Ebocha ferry road, Obrikom, Onelga, Rivers State.
NOSDRA explained that 10 metres of the flowline was cut and carted away by unknown persons. The spill was reported same day and stopped the next day, the agency said.