News Investigators/ The Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) says the gas leak on its facility in Bayelsa has been brought under control, even as the National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), vowed to probe the incident.
Agip’s spokesman, Domenica Spina, said in a statement that the line had been depressurised and was currently being repaired.
Agency repots indicate that a production data obtained from Agip shows that the leak may cut its gas export by five million standard cubic meters per day (MMSCM/d).
It further reports that the gas pipeline suffered vandalism three times in April 2022.
Agip said it was regrettable that the impact of the incident on gas output was significant, blaming the spillage on “a third party interference”.
The statement read: ”Eni confirms that a third party’s interference hacksaw cut caused a gas leak at the Ogbainbiri-OB/OB gas pipeline,” the company said.
Speaking on the development, the Director-General of NOSDRA, Idris Musa said the agency would lead an investigation into the incident.
”We got the report of the incident in the early hours of Tuesday. We shall ensure a thorough investigation as soon as it is safe to do so.
”Our investigation will be transparent. We shall also make our findings public in due course,” he said.