Italian oil major Eni this week pledged to lift force majeure on the Ogoda/Brass 24 pipeline in Bayelsa state.
Eni, in an updated statement released yesterday, said repairs to facilities that were vandalized by third-party interference have been completed.
Facilities at Okparatubo in the Nembe Local Government Area of Bayelsa State were reportedly hit by an explosion caused by third party interference on March 5, resulting in a spill and the declaration of force majeure on the petroleum infrastructure.
“Repairs of the Ogoda/Brass 24 pipeline in Okparatubo (Nembe Local Government Area, Bayelsa State), which was hit by an explosion on March 5th caused by third party interference, have been completed. force majeure is expected to be lifted by this week,” the statement read.
Following the incident on the facilities, Eni had said that all wells conferring on the pipeline were immediately closed while river booms and containment barges were mobilized to reduce the impact of the spill.
As part of the response measures, he said regulators for inspection and repair visit teams had been activated, while Bayelsa State, the federal government and security authorities had been notified.
He revealed that production at the facilities was estimated at 25,000 barrels of oil per day and around 13 million standard cubic feet of gas per day.
“A Force Majeure Event has been declared at Brass Terminal, Bonny NLNG and Okpai Power Station.
“Repairs on the pipeline are complete. Force majeure should be lifted by this week.
This is the second explosion in the region in a few days.
“An ancient event occurred on a riser of the Obama/Brass 18 Oil Line” on February 28 and caused production to be delayed by approximately 5,000 barrels of oil per day for a few days,” the statement said.