SHELL SAYS SECURITY REMAINS MAJOR CHALLENGE IN NIGER DELTA
Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) said security remains a major problem caused by the incessant crude oil theft and vandalism of oil and gas facilities in the Niger Delta region.
Speaking in Yenagoa on Thursday at the media launch of the 2019 edition of the Shell in Nigeria Briefing Notes, an annual publication detailing the activities of the business interests of the global energy, Igo Weli, SPDC’s General Manager, External Relations, disclosed that the illegal activities result in the loss of 11,000 Barrels Per Day of crude oil.
“Illegal crude oil refining and third-party interference are the main sources of pollution in the Niger Delta today. Third party interference caused close to 90% of the number of spills of more than 100 kilograms from the SPDC JV pipelines in 2018.
“Crude oil theft on SPDC's pipeline network resulted in a loss of about 11,000 barrels of oil a day and the number of sabotage-related spills of more than 100 kilograms in volume in 2018 increased to 111 compared to 62 in 2017,” he said.
Represented by SPDC's External Relations Manager, Corporate Lands Management, Trevor Akpomughe, Weli declared that despite the challenges the company would continue to invest in the region.