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An Eni pipeline in the Niger Delta region was attacked on Tuesday by an unknown group.

Italy’s Eni told Reuters that a gas pipeline in Ogbembiri in Bayelsa state suffered an explosives attack on Tuesday.

An Eni spokesman told Reuters that “sabotage” at the line had impacted 1,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.

No injuries or spills have been reported.

The blast comes on the heels of a militant attack against Chevron’s Okan offshore facility in the Western Niger Delta region.

Chevron said the 9,000 barrel per day facility was “breached by unknown persons” and shut in on May 4.

The company deployed resources to respond to a spill of undisclosed size.

A group known as the Niger Delta Avengers claimed responsibility for the attack.

The shut in was not expected to impact Chevron’s crude exports.

Nigeria is the largest oil producer in Africa and holds the largest natural gas reserves on the continent, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

The country was also the world’s fourth-largest exporter of liquefied natural gas in 2015.

A wave of thefts and sabotage have caused sporadic supply disruptions with unplanned outages of up to 500,000 barrels per day in Nigeria, according to the EIA.


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