Eni shuts Nigeria pipeline, loses 3,500 bpd oil output

sabato 11 gennaio 2014 11:24

MILAN Jan 11 (Reuters) - Italian energy company Eni has closed a pipeline in Nigeria due to sabotage, cutting off 3,500 barrels per day of its share of oil output, the company said on Saturday.

Eni did not say when it shut the Tedidaba-Brass pipeline in the restive Niger Delta region or how long the outage would last.

There are dozens of pipeline outages every year in Africa's top oil-producing country, many caused by sabotage due to community disputes with foreign oil companies or by oil theft gangs who siphon off the oil to sell or refine locally. (Reporting by Stephen Jewkes; Writing by Joe Brock; Editing by Mark Heinrich)