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Developments in the Delta

August 5th 2016
Strange developments in the Niger Delta, where militant groups continue their campaign of attacking pipelines and oil terminals, causing massive damage to the country’s economy and oil industry.

The main group involved, the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), has rejected an invitation to talks with the Nigerian government, who instead are reportedly in preliminary talks with the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND).

At the same time, the government has launched ‘Operation Delta Safe’ in an attempt to flush the militants out. In response, the NDA has stated that it will declare a Niger Delta Republic on August 1st.

The NDA’s actions have led Shell this week to report that their production levels will fall by around 35,000 barrels per day in the second half of this year due to sabotage incidents and scheduled repairs. The impact the NDA is having on the O&G industry in Nigeria cannot be understated at this point. On Sunday 24 July, the NDA allegedly attacked a gas pipeline belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation in Akwa Ibom state, although local police blame a technical fault for the explosion.

With the NDA rejecting calls for a truce, it remains to be seen how long the Nigerian government can allow the current situation to persist. There are currently several militant groups each with their own agenda operating in the Delta at a time when low crude prices are placing even greater pressure on the Nigerian government.

The ongoing instability has seen a rise in crew kidnappings from vessels transiting the Gulf of Guinea. To combat this, the Nigerian Navy has launched Operation Tsare Teku II which will see 10 warships deployed in an attempt to quash maritime crime in the country’s waters. It remains to be seen whether the new operation will have any significant success against what are essentially short range snatch and grab operations launched from the Delta against offshore support vessels and ships heading towards the oil fields. In the meantime, the dangers for shipping in the Gulf of Guinea remain all too clear.