OML29: Tension as angry youths, women invade oil facility, ground operations, make heavy demands

Scores of angry protesters from Nembe Kingdom in Nembe local council area of Bayelsa state have occupied the Nembe flow- station owned by Aiteo oil company.

The protesting women and youths, with the support from the elders and traditional heads, overpowered security personnel stationed at the oil platform and took over Nembe Creek Flow Station to express anger on their demands.

A spokesman for the Nembe Chief Council, Chief Nengi James-Oriworio, who spoke on the phone accused the oil company of alleged oppression, neglect and marginalization.

According to ChIef James-Oriworio, ”We have shut down the flow station to pressure home our demands depending on when the company is ready to listen and act on our demands.

”We want the resumption of work on the integrated power project which has neen put on hold. We are suffering because we don’t have power supply as a host community to IOC.

”We lack basic amenities. So, we demand hospital being built and employment as permanent staff for our people not casual staff.”

The Operator of OML 29, Aiteo Eastern Exploration and Production Company, had in the past few weeks been at a dead end with agitation from the Nembe Communities over negotiations to have a stake in the company since it was divested by Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC).

It would be recalled that the Oil export from oilfields in parts of Bayelsa has resumed as Aiteo Eastern Exploration and Production Company on Friday confirmed that it has concluded repairs on the 97 km Nembe-Bonny export line that was breached on April 21 by unknown vandals.

Mr Ndiana Matthew, Spokesman of Aiteo, operator of the OML 28 oilfield announced the restart of the Nembe Creek Trunk Line (NCTL) in a statement issued via e-mail on Friday.

Matthew said the development has resulted to resumption of the 150,000 barrels per day capacity oil export line, lifting the ‘Force Majeure’ on its oil exports.

“Aiteo confirms that our Emergency Pipeline Repair teams have successfully completed leak repair activities on all reported leak points on the NCTL.

“Consequently,all injectors have been advised to re-align and commence start-up formalities immediately and advise on their start up times,” Aiteo stated.

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