Nigeria is deploying more troops to protect oil installations to curb sabotage after a leak forced crude loadings to be suspended last month at a major export terminal.
“We’ve observed that some internal forces are bent on sabotaging the activities of the oil-production companies,” Brigadier-General Rabe Abubakar, Nigeria’s military spokesman, said in interview on Tuesday in Abuja, the capital. “We are taking extra steps to ensure that we guard these facilities” including pipelines, oil platforms and other installations, he said.
Loading at the Forcados oil terminal, where Nigeria shipped around 200,000 barrels a day last year, was halted after the leak appeared on Feb. 14, according to Royal Dutch Shell Plc. While the company stopped short of calling it an act of sabotage, it said damage observed on the export pipeline was “consistent with the application of external force.” Read more