Members of Aghoro 1 community, Ekeremor Local Government Area in Bayelsa on Friday expressed dissatisfaction over the compensation that Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) offered to pay for an oil spill that occurred on May 17, 2018.
They alleged that the oil firm arbitrarily determined the compensation for the incident in spite of the Joint Investigation Visit (JIV) report on the matter.
They claimed the spill had impacted and polluted an estimated area of 113.03 hectares.
The JIV report obtained by Nigeria News Agency states that the leak on the pipeline at three spots were caused by equipment failure.
It added that the leak discharged 1,114 barrels of crude oil into the environment.
Mr Friday Otigha, a Community Leader and member of the Community Development Committee in Aghoro 1, told NAN that the N34 million offered by SPDC was unacceptable and had no relation with the impact assessment report.
Otigha said instead of N3.68 billion compensation that the National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) recommended, SPDC proposed to pay N34 million.
He alleged that SPDC connived with some unauthorised community leaders to foist the arbitrarily determined compensation which fell short of NOSDRA’s compensation rate, a development that attracted sanctions for those individuals.
Otigha recalled that the leak was reported on May 17 but the JIV was on June 23, a development that worsened the impact of the spill on the predominantly fishing coastal community.
He said hundreds of impacted fishermen thrown out of business by the incident were disappointed at the turn of events as they had expected SPDC to act in line with international best practice.
He urged the Federal Government to prevail on SPDC to retrace its steps and resolve the compensation in line with existing oil spill compensation guidelines set by the regulators.
Mr Bamidele Odugbesan, Media Relations Manager, SPDC, had earlier given an assurance that the firm would compensate victims and remediate polluted areas.
Reacting to the allegations, Mr Michael Adande, a Spokesman for SPDC insisted that the firm acted with industry stakeholders to arrive at the compensation.
“The SPDC conducts a comprehensive damage assessment and enumeration exercise with active participation of other members of the Joint Investigation Visit Team, especially the impacted claimants.
“We also use geomatrics map to establish the exact area of impact and extent within SPDC’s Right of Way or third party area and the degree of impact to arrive at a fair compensation value.
“In the case of the regrettable incident in Aghoro in Bayelsa State and Odimodi in Delta State in 2018, SPDC has paid the agreed compensation to the affected persons and communities.
“The NOSDRA Post-Impact Assessment report, however , included N2.74 billion as ‘ecological damage assessment’ for environmental restoration and not as compensation.
“SPDC takes responsibility for clean-up, remediation and restoration.” Adande said.
Edited /Chukwudi Ekeziehttps://nnn.ng/aghoro-community-expresses-disappointment-over-compensation-on-oil-spill/
National Oil Corporation announces reopening of major Libyan oilfield
The state-owned National Oil Corporation (NOC) of Libya, on Monday, announced that El Feel oilfield has been reopened after it was closed by tribal leaders in January.
“NOC announces the resumption of oil production at El Feel oilfield on Sunday and confirms the lifting of force majeure on crude oil exports from the Sharara and El Feel fields starting Sunday and Monday respectively,’’ said a company statement.
Production at El Feel field will start at a capacity of 12,000 barrels per day, while the full capacity production is expected to be reached in 14 days, given the damage caused by the shutdown, the statement added.
NOC on Sunday announced the re-opening of Sharara oilfield, the largest in the country, saying its full capacity production was expected to be reached in 90 days.
Oilfields and ports of Libya were closed in January by tribal leaders in eastern Libya, who accuse the Tripoli-based UN-backed government of using oil revenues to support armed groups against the east-based army.
The NOC confirmed that closure of the oilfields and ports have caused losses of more than $5.2 billion so far.
Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)https://nnn.ng/national-oil-corporation-announces-reopening-of-major-libyan-oilfield/
Oil markets see further gains after OPEC+ extends production curbs
The United States benchmark oil price traded above 40 dollars per barrel on Monday.
The first time it has done so since March, after major oil producers agreed to stick to their current output restrictions for one more month.
The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries in Vienna and a Russia-led group of aligned countries, known as OPEC+, decided on Saturday to keep in place an output cut of 9.7 million barrels per day (bpd) until the end of July.
The group had first decided upon this reduction in April, to prop up prices that were under pressure from the coronavirus crisis and the ensuing drop in demand for transport fuel and oil-based chemicals.
While OPEC+ has achieved their aim of reversing the price decline, analysts said on Monday that the current upward trend will not be sustainable.
Oil watchers at the Vienna consultancy JBC Energy pointed out that prices have been supported by massive oil imports into China, which could bring its buying down to normal levels soon as oil becomes more expensive.
On the supply side, some Libyan oil fields are set to restart production soon, while OPEC+ member Mexico opted out of Saturday’s extension deal.
“We cannot shake the feeling that, price-wise, this market has gotten a bit ahead of itself,’’ JBC Energy said in an analysis, predicting that prices will drop unless some other price-pushing factors appear.
Oil prices rise on OPEC+ cuts, record China imports
Oil climbed on Monday after major producers agreed to extend a deal on record output cuts to the end of July and as China’s crude imports hit an all-time high in May.
Brent crude was up 51 cents, or 1.2 per cent, at $42.81 per barrel, by 0628 GMT, while United States West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude rose 32 cents, or 0.8 per cent, to $39.87 a barrel.
Both hit their highest since March 6 earlier in the session, at $43.41 and $40.44, respectively.
Brent has nearly doubled since the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Russia and allies, collectively known as OPEC+, agreed in April to cut supply by 9.7 million barrels per day (bpd) during May-June to prop up prices that collapsed due to the coronavirus crisis.
But Howie Lee, Economist at Singapore bank OCBC, noted that the latest deal had fallen short of market hopes for a three-month extension of output cuts.
He said both benchmarks would require stronger bullish factors to propel prices back to where they were before March 6, when they crashed after OPEC and Russia initially failed to reach an agreement on supply cuts.
“It’s a big gap there; you need a strong conviction to go from $43 to pre-crash levels,’’ Lee said, referring to Brent being above $50 before the March crash.
Low prices have drawn Chinese buyers to boost imports.
Purchases by the world’s largest crude importer rose to an all-time high of 11.3 million bpd in May.
The OPEC+ move to extend cuts to July is, however, expected to lead to a supply deficit by October, aiding prices in the longer run, OCBC’s Lee added.
Libya’s supply could also rise soon as two major oilfields have reopened after months of a blockade that shut off most of the country’s production.
“The potential return of Libyan output could also cause considerable challenges for the OPEC leadership,’’ said Helima Croft, Head of Global Commodity Strategy at RBC Capital Markets.
Even as oil prices recovered, they are still well below the costs of most United States shale producers, leading to shutdowns, layoffs and cost-cutting in the world’s largest producer.
The storm weakened to a tropical depression on Monday morning.
“OPEC+ faces a Catch-22 situation,’’ he said.
“The resumption of output … may moderate the pace of rebalancing of the oil market.’’
Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)https://nnn.ng/oil-prices-rise-on-opec-cuts-record-china-imports/
Libya’s largest oil field reopened: National Oil Corporation
The state-owned National Oil Corporation (NOC) of Libya on Sunday said that Sharara oilfield, the largest in the country, has been reopened after it was closed by tribal leaders in January.
“NOC confirms the return of production at the Sharara oilfield south of the country, after lengthy negotiations by the NOC to reopen the Hamada valve, which had been illegally closed in January,” NOC said in a statement.
NOC said production will start at a capacity of 30,000 barrels per day, with the full capacity production expected within 90 days due to the damages resulted by shutdown.
“The Libyan economy has suffered enough from the illegal blockades, and we hope that the restart of production at the Sharara oilfield will be the first step to revive the Libyan oil and gas sector and prevent an economic collapse in Libya,” said NOC chairman Mustafa Sanalla.
Tribal leaders in eastern Libya closed oil ports and fields in January, accusing the Tripoli-based UN-backed government of using oil revenues to support armed groups against the eastern-based army.
The closure of the oilfields and ports have caused losses of more than 5.2 billion United States dollars so far, NOC confirmed.