NLNG Blockade Continues

AkpobolokemiThe blockade to Nigeria’s NLNG ships is still ongoing, despite a court order to end it. A Nigerian federal court once again issued an order for the maritime security agency to end a blockade which is costing an estimated $22 million a day.

Justice M.B. Idris rejected an application against the ruling from the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and Global West, a security company contracted to enforce the blockade, lawyer for NLNG Tola Oshobi told Reuters.

The blockade has been ongoing since June 21 when NIMASA began barring LNG cargoes from entering or leaving the loading bay at the Bonny terminal in the Niger Delta because it says NLNG is not paying a 3% levy, from which the NLNG argues it is exempt.

“The court has refused the application of the defendant and the order barring NIMASA and Global West from interfering in the operations of LNG stays,” Oshobi said.

It is unclear whether this most recent order will make a difference as the last one issued was ignored. NIMASA wants $158 million in total, including back pay.

 

Information from Petroleum Africa was used in this report.

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