Nigeria’s production dips by 150,000 bpd as militants destroy Trans-Niger pipeline

Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Mikanti Baru, on Monday said suspected militants have blown up the Trans-Niger pipeline in Ogoniland.

Addressing journalists in Abuja, the NNPC boss disclosed that the vandalisation of the pipeline has reduced crude oil production by 150,000 barrels per day.

Baru said the country has not been able to sustain the recent gains recorded in crude oil production as a result of the rupturing of pipelines in the Niger Delta.

Responding to whether the corporation has been able to sustain the 2.2 million bpd crude production that it announced last week, Baru said, “Unfortunately, we have not been able to sustain it because we have challenges.

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“As I am talking to you, this morning (Monday), the Trans-Niger pipeline has been breached in Ogoniland, and that is 150,000 barrels of oil that have been knocked off.

“That has been fairly an issue with that area. We hope we can continue our dialogue and this will return to what it should be.”

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