SHELL RECORDS ATTACKS ON ITS PIPELINES
Adedayo Osho, 29/09/2020
Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria SPDC announced it recorded 13 cases of oil spill in the period between 1st-31st in the month of August 2020, alone. The incidents witnessed in Rivers and Abia States combined amounted to 732.61 barrels of crude oil, the Dutch multinational oil conglomerate stated.
The affected facilities in both States are 14″ Okordia-Rumuekpe Pipeline; 12″ Imo-River-Ogale Pipeline; 24" Nkpoku-Bomu Pipeline; 28" Bomu-Bonny Pipeline: 6" Imo River Well 59T Flowline; and 20″ Kolocreek-Rumuekpe Pipeline.
On the 14″ Okordia-Rumuekpe Pipeline, Shell confirmed two leaks. The 12” Imo River-Ogale Pipeline experienced multiple leaks at different points in Owaza, Ukwa West Local Government Area of Abia State.
Since 2011, 1,010 oil spills with an overall sum of 110,535 barrels, or 17.5 million liters, of oil have been reported as lost by Shell. Igo Weli, its General Manager, External Relations, disclosed in September 2019 that the company loses about 202 million naira daily in revenue to activities of vandals and oil thieves in the Niger Delta.
Stakeholders such as National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency NESREA, Department of Petroleum Resources DPR, National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency NOSDRA, host communities, State Ministry of Environment in the affected States and Shell, during serial independent investigations have come to term that all the oil leaks were as a result of activities of oil bunkers and saboteurs.