Not less than 12 persons were reportedly killed in a crude oil pipeline fire explosion at Azuzuama, Southern Ijaw local government area of Bayelsa State.
Three persons were also said to have sustained injuries in the accident which happened on Thursday afternoon.
In a statement released by the Italian firm on Friday, Eni said it was investigating the incident, adding that the pipeline involved had been sabotaged in the past.
The statement reads: “Eni informs that an explosion occurred yesterday, 9 July late afternoon, at the site of the repair works of the Tebidaba-Clough Creek line, an oil pipeline in Nigeria’s onshore Niger Delta, previously damaged by acts of sabotage.
“The explosion resulted in the death of 12 members of the maintenance team of a local company of services, with 3 others being injured.
“The causes of the incident are still under investigation by both Eni and the local authorities.
“The company expresses its deepest condolences to the families involved in this tragic accident.”