Shell pledges to implement NOSDRA’s directive on N2.74 remediation of spill site



The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC), on Friday said it was committed to remediation of sites impacted by an oil spill from its Trans Ramos export line in Bayelsa and Delta states.

Nigeria News Agency reports that oil spill which occurred on May 17, 2018 had impacted and polluted estimated area of 113.03 hectares in Aghoro and Odumodu communities in Bayelsa and Delta respectively.

A joint Investigation Visit (JIV) report of the incident obtained by NAN had concluded that the leak on the pipeline at three spots was caused by equipment failure.

The investigation showed that this discharged about 1,114 barrels of crude oil into the environment.

The National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) had in a post-impact assessment report obtained by NAN recommended that the ecological damages caused by the leak be remediated with N2.74 billion.

Mr Bamidele Odugbesan, Media Relations Manager, SPDC, had earlier said that the oil firm regretted the incident and assured that the firm would compensate victims as well as correct the polluted areas of the community.

Reacting to the recommendations of NOSDRA, Mr Michael Adande, Spokesman of SPDC, said the oil firm took full responsibility to correcting and renewing the polluted areas.

Adande said that the N2.74 billion recommended by NOSDRA was not to be paid to victims of the spill incident but a cost to be incurred to remediate the ecological damage caused by the leak.

He explained that the oil firm prioritised the safety of its operations.

He also said it would deploy its expertise of operating in an environmentally sustainable way to go beyond clean up of the polluted areas, but to restore and conserve them.

“The SPDC conducts a comprehensive damage assessment and enumeration exercise with active participation of other members of the JIV team, especially the impacted claimants.

“We also use geomantic 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 and Odimodi in Delta in 2018, SPDC has paid the agreed compensation to the affected persons and communities.

“The NOSDRA Post-Impact Assessment report, however, included a 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.

NAN learnt that NOSDRA had recommended a total of N 3.68 billion as compensation while about N930 million was paid out to impacted communities.

Edited & Vetted By: Cecilia Odey/Donald Ugwu


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SPDC’s oil production hits 514,000 bpd – Report



The Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) says it has grown its oil output to an average of 514,000 barrels per day (bpd) and developed additional capacity to produce more.

Mr Osagie Okunbor, the Chairman of Shell Companies in Nigeria disclosed the production data in the oil firm’s 2020 briefing notes made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Yenagoa.

According to the publication, SPDC achieved the feat in 2019 when its production rose more than 10 per cent to 514,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d) due to enhanced exploration and production activities.

On gas production, the SPDC stated it fed the domestic market and to the export market through the Nigeria Liquified Natural Gas (NLNG) plant, adding that it supplied approximately 50 per cent of the NLNG plant capacity.

The company’s gas feed to the NLNG facility in Bonny Island in Rivers comes largely from the Gbaran-Ubie and Soku plants in Bayelsa and Rivers.

According to the publication, gas production from Soku facility increased from 100 Million standard cubit feet per day (MMscf/d) in 2018 to 350MMScf/d in 2019.

The SPDC also stated that the improved oil output was due to addition of 106 producing wells within its oil blocks in the Niger Delta.

The oil firm said that within the period under review, the Trans Ramos Pipeline which conveyed crude to its Focados oil export terminal was re-opened.

It said that the Gbaran-Ubie gas plant in Yenagoa, achieved peak production with 175,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.

SPDC said it had the largest oil production asset in the country and operated a leased area of 31,000 square kilometres from which it produced while working to increase capability by investing in exploration and production activities.

“The SPDC JV’s assets include 340 producing oil wells consisting 97 land, 181 west and 62 central assets, 56 producing gas wells (10 land, three west and 43 central assets). A network of approximately 4,000 km of oil and gas pipelines and flow lines.

“The assets include 10 gas plants, two major oil export terminals, Bonny and Focados and an additional export facility a shallow water Floating Production Storage and Offloading Vessel christened `Sea Eagle’ currently stationed off Bayelsa coastline, One power plant,” the publication said.

Edited By: Dianabasi Effiong/Grace Yussuf
Source: NAN


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Ministry supports establishment of environmental institute



Mrs Sharon Ikeazor, the Minister of State for Environment on Wednesday expressed support for the establishment of National Institute of Environmental Studies to help address various environmental challenges across the country.

Ikeazor made this known in a statement by Mr Saghir el Mohammed, the Director Press of the ministry in Abuja.

She said made the commitment when the National President of the Nigerian Environmental Society (NES), Dr Dorothy Bassey and her team paid a courtesy visit to her office.

She said that the establishment would offer necessary expertise for certification of practitioners and the provision of much-needed manpower to address environmental issues in the country.

According to her, the establishment of such an institute has become necessary to streamline the practice of environmental scientists and enthusiasts in the sector.

“The establishment is also important to enable provide essential expertise certification and competency in handling various aspects of climate change, ecosystems and environment as a whole,’’ she said.

Ikeazor, however, assured the NES of the ministry’s readiness to collaborate with the organisation to enable enhance in the protection and conservation of the environment.

She said that the ministry would as well support the organisation in the implementation of the recent approved National Solid Waste Management Policy, National Forestry Policy and National Gender Action Plan on Climate Change.

She said that the National Gender Action Plan on Climate Change was to mainstream gender into climate change action that would further create jobs for women, youths and other vulnerable Nigerians.

“As part of environmental remediation, the Federal Government is committed to Mangroves restoration and protection across the country.’’

The minister called for collaboration from the NES to further deepen the knowledge and the creation of awareness among Nigerians on the numerous benefits to life sustenance and the ecosystems.

She decried the situation where Nigeria with about 11,600sq of coastline, spanning Bakassi Peninsular in Cross River State to Badagry in Lagos State had not one per cent of Marine protected areas.

“That is why the ministry is planning to roll out a National Mangrove Restoration Plan as it avails the country several benefits in terms of controlling coastal erosion, serve in the restoration of polluted areas and protect marine animals that provide a livelihood to the people.’’

Ikeazor, while enumerating actions taken by the ministry on environmental protection, she disclosed that the ministry was in the middle of amending the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) Act.

She said that in the amendment that was being put together, the NES had been listed as a member of the NOSDRA board.

Ikeazor, however, promised to renew her earlier appeal at the appropriate time to Mr President upon her assumption of duty, to grant assent to the NOSDRAS Act.

“As the environmental regulator of oil and gas activities in the country, NOSDRA requires all the legal and administrative backing to operate successfully.

“What we have in the Ogoni clean-up today is lack of regulation and environment assessment of oil exploration in Nigeria with an amended bill, NOSDRA will be well equipped to check such excess and protect our environment.

“The environmental degradation in the Niger Delta, especially the Port Harcourt soot, the artisanal refining and the ‘kpo-fire’, are all as a result of inadequate regulations and non-compliance with Environmental Impact Assessment.”

Bassey had earlier said that the visit was in pursuance of the society resolve to intimate the ministry of their activities, seek an avenue for partnership in the protection of the environment and to enhance advocacy.

She said that the partnership was to serve as a vehicle to disseminate the ministry’s messages and policies to the grassroots and get the necessary feedback.

She said that NES was a foremost environmental body in Nigeria created in 1985 with presence in 26 State, adding that their activities were geared toward development and protection of the environment.

Bassey, however, solicited for the support of the minister and other stakeholders to facilitate the passage of the bill establishing the institute into law.

“We as a group has over the years sponsored the bill to establish a National Environmental Institute of Nigeria in the National Assembly without success.

“We recently represented it for consideration. The bill is to ensure that only those with requisite skills and expertise should be allowed to take part in environmental issues and consultancy.’’

Mr Abel Enitan, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, commended the organisation for taking interest in the ministry’s activities and their commitment to environmental issues.

‘’I can only assure you that the ministry is ready and desirous of partnering with a serious, credible and well-organised entity, society and groups to drive the agenda of making our environment more conducive and sustainable in line with the socio-political mandates of this administration and other levels.’’

Edited By: Grace Yussuf
Source: NAN



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Yobe Gov inaugurates construction of houses for IDPs



Gov.  Mai-Mala Buni on Friday in Damaturu inaugurated the  construction of 15 units of two-bedroom semi-detached houses for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the state.

Buni noted that the project was sponsored by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) Joint Venture (JV), Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Limited (SNEPCO) and Total Nigeria Plc.

Represented by Alhaji Bukar Dauda, Commissioner for Housing and Urban Development, he described the gesture as historic milestone in the state’s effort for resettlement, rehabilitation and reconstruction drive.

“No doubt, when completed the 15 units of two-bedroom houses would bring succor to the families of the beneficiaries.

“In this regard, we would like to express our appreciation to Shell Nigeria Limited, Total and NNPC on this noble objective of providing permanent shelter to the victims of insurgency in Yobe State.”, he added.

Buni urged all corporate bodies and well-to-do individuals to emulate the gesture.

In his remarks, Mustapha Abubakar, the Managing Director ‘AB Energy Resources Limited’ and one of the project managers also commended NNPC, Total Nigeria Plc and and SPDC JV for the notable project.

He said the shelter intervention was aimed at providing immediate and medium-term relief to vulnerable host populations and IDPs In selected communities in the state.

“It is a part of the NNPC’s initiative to provide immediate relief and critical sustainable community development that will positively impact the lives of the IDPs.

“And also to support early recovery and rehabilitation of impacted persons into the society.”, he said.

Abubakar called on the state government to support the programme by providing adequate security for speedy completion to put smile on the faces of the beneficiaries.

NAN reports that the NNPC in partnership with SPDC Joint Ventures has spent N315 million on the construction of new and upgrading of structures at Modu Mustapha Primary School Damaturu.

The projects executed are construction of four blocks of four classrooms, administrative block, renovation of one block of three classrooms, supply and installation of solar panels for uninterrupted power, drilling of borehole and reticulations and construction of 10 apartments of toilets among others.

Edited By: Sadiya Hamza
Source: NAN

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45 barrels not 45,000 barrels leaked from Bayelsa oil field- NOSDRA



The National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), on Monday confirmed that 45 barrels and not 45, 000 barrels  of crude oil leaked from a well head in Bayelsa on March 17.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the incident occurred on a well head owned by Shell at Angiama community.

NOSDRA admitted on its official twitter handle that it erred in an earlier update that indicated that the spilled volume was 45,000 barrels and apologised for the error.

When contacted by NAN, Mr Musa Idris, the Director-General of NOSDRA, urged the public to disregard the earlier tweet on the 45, 000 barrels spill.

It will be recalled that on Friday, the agency announced that a Joint Investigative Visit (JIV) to the incident site indicated that 45,000 barrels leaked from the facility due to equipment failure.

JIV is a statutory exercise carried out by representatives of host communities, oil firm, state government and regulators to ascertain the cause and estimated volume of oil spill after a leakage is reported by operator of facility.

The JIV report No. 0478 indicated that the oil spill adversely impacted an area of 1.2 hectares, while the post spill impact assessment was yet to be carried out.

The report listed the incident as an operational spill and stated that recovery of leaked crude was completed on March 30.

Edited By: Johnson Eyiangho/Obike Ukoh
Source: NAN




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