The Niger Delta Avengers have claimed responsibility for another attack against a Chevron well in the Niger Delta region.

The militant group said in a Twitter post on Tuesday that it had blown up Chevron’s RMP 20 well located next to the Dibbi flow station early Wednesday morning.

A local community leader confirmed to Retuers that the attack occurred and added that the “place is on fire.”

The post no longer appears on the group’s Twitter page.

Chevron has not commented on the reported attacks.

No causalities, injuries or spills have been reported.

In a social media post published on Tuesday, the militant group refuted reports that it was negotiating with government officials.

“This is to the Gen. public we’re not negotiating with any Committee. if Fed Govt is discussing wth any group they’re doing that on their own,” the group said.

The attack is just the latest assault the NDA has launched against a Chevron site in the energy-rich Niger Delta region.

The latest wave of attacks started in early May when the NDA attacked Chevron’s Okan offshore facility in the Western Niger Delta region.

The attack reportedly prompted Shell to evacuate staff from its Eja OML 79 platform in offshore Nigeria.

That attack was followed by explosives attacks against two Chevron oil wells, RMP 23 and RMP 24, earlier this month.

Assets owned by Italy’s Eni have also been frequent targets of NDA attacks.

Last week, the militant group claimed responsibility for an explosives attack against the Eni operated Brass to Tebidaba crude oil line in Bayelsa state.

The group also claimed responsibility for attacks against Eni’s Ogboinbiri to Tebidaba and Clough Creek to Tebidaba crude pipelines in Bayelsa state.

Nigeria is the largest oil producer in Africa but militant attacks and sabotage have caused disruptions in unplanned outages of up to 500,000 barrels per day, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

According to data collected by OPEC, Nigeria produced about 1.87 million barrels per day in 2015, down from 2.11 million bpd in 2011.

The upstream disruptions in Nigeria helped push Brent crude prices up to $51.89 per barrel on Thursday morning, up from about $40 per barrel at the start of the year.


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