The Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) has said that the reported oil spill from its flow station at Diebu was from residual spill traced to old sabotaged facility.
The Peremabiri Community had on Aug. 24 reported that the leakhead polluted the environment, causing untold hardship to the fishing settlements.
The Media Relations Manager of SPDC, Mrs Bola Essien-Nelson, however, said on Tuesday that the reported leak was from an old incident.
According to Essien-Nelson, SPDC on May 4 received a report of a theft on a section of its Diebu Creek Oil Well 6 flow line, resulting in an oil leak.
“The well and Diebu Creek flow station (facility) has not been in operation since February 26, when the facility was shut due to the unavailability of the Trans Niger Pipeline.
“A Joint Investigation Visit (JIV) to the site revealed that the incident was caused by third party interference and theft of SPDCJV property.
“A cleanup of the free phase oil was immedistely carried out, while assessment of the residual impact is scheduled to happen in November, when water levels are expected to be low enough to allow for the impact assessment.
“This will be followed by remediation of the site after due approval of the Remediation Action Plan by The Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission.
“On August 26, SPDC received a report of an oil sheen sighted at the same site of the May 4 incident.
“The community believes that this oil sheen is the result of a new spill.
This is not the case.
“A follow up JIV conducted on Sept. 6 revealed that the sheen was the residual impact from the same of May 4,” Essien-Nelson said.
The News Agency of Nigeria , however, learnt that an operational mishap from the flow station discharged crude into the company’s right of way.
A field report of the JIV by National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency sighted by NAN indicated that the leak was due to operational mishap, which discharged crude oil within SPDC’s operational area with no impact on third party area.
JIV is a statutory step that follows every oil spill by oil firms, host community and regulators to ascertain the cause, volume and area impacted by the spill.
Mr Return Koma, who represented the Peremabiri community in the JIV, told NAN that SPDC officials and the regulators, were unanimous that the incident being investigated was as a result of equipment failure.
He said that an operational mishap on Aug. 24 at Diebu Creek Flow Station, operated by SPDC, discharged a yet-to-be ascertained volume of crude into the environment.
Koma, who is the Peremabiri Community Development Committee Chairman, however, said that the JIV could not arrive at the quantity of spilled crude and so did not sign the JIV report.
“We have conducted the JIV, they accepted responsibility for the leak at the flow station and another one at nearby Well 6, both were due to equipment failure.
“We were unable to agree on the volume of spilled crude and so did not sign the report,” Koma said.
Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) is planning to resume the testing of its main trunkline, the Trans Niger Pipeline (TNP).
A competent source ,who pleaded anonymity ,confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Lagos.
NAN reports that the TNP takes crude from production fields to SPDC joint venture terminal in Bonny Island in Rivers.
It supports supports crude oil production from the facilities of the SPDC joint venture and other producers who rely on the Bonny terminal for crude export.
The source said that the company and Bodo community in Rivers might be nearing some agreement in resolving the dispute over the pipeline According to the source, the resolution will allow regulators and SPDC access any troubled sections of the TNP in the community for investigation and necessary repairs.
The source added the community had given both SPDC and regulators some conditions before granting them access.
“Some people prevented the company and regulators from accessing the site of the alleged spills but I can tell you that the access challenge is being resolved such that the regulator and SPDC will be allowed to visit the site any moment.
“We know the SPDC joint venture’s TNP is not formally shut, but we also know that the line has not conveyed significant oil in more than two months.
” So, if it is established that a spill did occur, we expect that any impact of the spill would be minimal,” the source said.
Also, Mr Michael Adande, spokesperson for SPDC said the company was working with relevant stakeholders to enable access to the locations of reported incidents along the TNP’s pathway.
He said the access would allow for a regulator-led investigation of the alleged incidents and subsequent repairs, which would enable resumption of the TNP system test.
The crude oil leak, which occurred at Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) facilities at Peremabiri in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa, has been pinned on equipment failure.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that a Joint Investigation Visit (JIV) to the incident site on Sept. 5 and 6 concluded that the spill was caused by equipment failure.
A field report of the JIV by National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) sighted by NAN indicated that the leak was due to operational mishap which discharged crude oil within SPDC’s operational area with no impact on third party area.
JIV is a statutory step that follows every oil spill incident by representatives of oil firms, host community and regulators to ascertain the cause, volume and area impacted by the oil spill.
Mr Return Koma, who represented the Peremabiri community in the JIV, told NAN on Tuesday that SDPC officials, as well as regulators were unanimous that the incident being investigated was as a result of equipment failure.
He noted that an operational mishap on Aug. 24 at Diebu Creek Flow Station, operated by SPDC discharged a yet-to-be ascertained volume of crude into the environment.
Koma, who is the Community Development Committee (CDC) Chairman of Peremabiri, however, said that the JIV could not arrive at the quantity of spilled crude and so did not sign the JIV report.
“We have conducted the JIV, they accepted responsibility for the leak incident at the flow station and another one at nearby Well 6, both were due to equipment failure.
“We were unable to agree on the volume of spilled crude and so did not sign the report,” he said.
The people of Peremabiri community had lamented the adverse impact of the spill and alleged insensitivity, neglect and delayed response by SPDC.
They said the delayed response to the spill by SPDC had led to the damage to the land and marine environment and impacted a wider area.
In a statement issued on Sept. 5 by its spokesman, Mr Mike Adande, SPDC said it was aware of the spill.
“We are working with regulators and local community to investigate the reported incident.
“The Diebu Creek stopped injection into the Trans Niger Pipeline (TNP) on Feb. 25, owing to constant breaches of the TNP by crude oil thieves,“ SPDC said in the statement.
According to residents, the discharge of large volume of crude into the environment has polluted the Nun river, swamps and farmlands, causing hardships to the predominantly fishing and farming settlement.
The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) says it remains committed to the capacity building of health professionals, to render quality and affordable health care service in the Niger Delta.
Mr Igo Weli, Head, Corporate Relations, SPDC, stated this at the ongoing Quality Improvement Training for health care professionals from selected public hospitals on Friday in Yenagoa.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the training involved health care professionals from certain public hospitals in Delta, Bayelsa and Rivers.
The oil firm donated two ambulances and solar powered vaccine freezers to Edagbebiri Cottage Hospital, Rivers, and Otuasega Cottage Hospital, Bayelsa.
The ambulances are equipped with mini-intensive care units.
Weli was represented on the occasion by Mr Amaechi Ijeoma, Corporate Relations Manager (West) SPDC.
He said that the company and its joint venture partners had supported more than 27 public health facilities across the Niger Delta.
Weli stated that the support was in the areas of infrastructure upgrade, health systems strengthening, equipment, supplies and capacity building.
“As a company, SPDC understands the role of quality health care service in improving overall health outcome and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“Hence, as part of the organisation’s commitment to its host communities, we started the quality improvement journey across all the supported health facilities,” Weli said.
According to him, health improvement in health care facility requires systemic and continuous actions that lead to measurable improvement, in the degree of which the health care delivered reflected professional knowledge and standards.
Prof. Dimie Ogoina, Chief Medical Director, Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital (NDUTH), stated that the quality improvement scheme at NDUTH had pushed up performance from 24 per cent in 2014 to 57 per cent in 2018. Ogoina, who is a resource person at the training, said that the teaching hospital was aiming at being the first public hospital to get international certification for quality improvement in Nigeria.
Presenting the ambulances and vaccine storage freezers, Group General Manager of NAPIMS, the investment arm of NNPC Ltd, Mr Bala Wunti, stated that the gesture would bring the benefits of oil exploration to Nigerians.
Wunti was represented at the event by Mrs Bumi Lawson, a Director at NAPIM.
He urged the management of the benefiting health facilities to deploy the items judiciously in a responsible manner.
Responding, Dr Ajoebi Oluwalobi, Permanent Secretary, Bayelsa Ministry of Health, commended the donors for the ongoing support to the health sector.
The permanent secretary appealed for the sustenance of the trend.
More than 60 medical professionals from benefitting public medical facilities from Delta, Bayelsa and Rivers are participating in the training in Yenagoa.
Dorman Long Engineering Limited, an oilfield equipment, structural steel and engineering fabrication company, says it has trained 40 Imo youths in various areas of engineering.
The youths, drawn from Assa North and Ohaji south communities, Ohaji- Egbema council area of Imo, were also empowered with start-up packs for self reliance.
They received professional, vocational training and capacity building in engineering works at the Mudiame Welding Institute permanent site, Irrura, in Edo.The Managing Director of the company, Mr Laurent Maubre, said this during the close-out ceremony for the training, in Owerri, on Thursday.
Maubre, represented by the company’s Head of Human Resources, Mr Godwin Idoko-Ogala, said the project was intended to support growth in Nigeria’s domestic gas, based on the Federal Government’s initiatives for additional power to support industrial projects.
He said that the youth were drawn from Assa North’s four cluster communities (Assa, Ochia, Awarra and Obile) and ’s seven access cluster communities where the Assa North – Ohaji South gas project is located.
He further said that out of the 40 persons trained, eight befitted from professional areas while 32 received vocational training.
He listed the relevant areas as electrical engineering, welding and fitting, scaffolding and rigging, project management, electrical installation, civil engineering, quantity surveying, ICT, telecoms and carpentry.
“The training involved both competence building and on-the job training and spanned a period of 12 months, from Aug. 7, 2021 to Aug. 8, 2022. ” In accordance with Nigerian Content Human Capacity Initiative implementation guideline, Dorman Long, in conjunction with Shell Petroleum Development Company, is committed to sustainable development of Host Communities wherever projects are located.
” It is our goal to ensure that at the conclusion of the project, our host communities would have their lot improved appreciably.
” He urged the beneficiaries not to relent in their quest for knowledge of unique ways to contribute to the growth of society.
The Imo Commissioner for Petroleum Resources, Prof. Eugene Opara, commended Dorman Long, its support partners, the SPDC and TotalEnergies for their kind gesture.
He assured the company of Imo Government’s support and urged relevant stakeholders to create an enabling business environment for the development of the communities to enable the oil and gas business to thrive.
” As a government, we are caught between providing an enabling business environment for oil and gas operations and focusing on development in the oil communities,” he said.
The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) on Monday said it was investigating a report of an oil spill from its asset at Ogboinbiri in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that an operational mishap on Aug. 24 at Diebu Creek Flowstation, operated by SPDC discharged a yet-to-be ascertained volume of crude into the environment.
The people of Peremabiri community had lamented the adverse impact of the spill and alleged insensitivity, neglect by SPDC.
They said the delayed response to the spill by SPDC had led to damage to the land and marine environment and impacted a wider area.
SPDC in a reactive statement by its Spokesman, Mr Mike Adande, made available to NAN in Yenagoa confirmed the oil firm was aware of the report of the spill.
Adande said: “We are working with regulators and local community to investigate the reported incident.
“The Diebu Creek stopped injection into the Trans Niger Pipeline (TNP) on Feb 25, owing to constant breaches of the TNP by crude oil thieves.
“The TNP is currently undergoing tests with water main flushing.
” According to residents, the discharge of large volumes of crude into the environment has polluted the Nun river, swamps and farmlands causing hardships to the predominantly fishing and farming settlement.
Mr Return Koma, Chairman, Peremabiri Community Development Committee in a telephone interview with NAN on Monday, said officials of SPDC had convened a Joint Investigative Visit (JIV) to the flow station and impacted site for Monday.
“They called to say that they are coming for a JIV on Tuesday and shortly they shifted it to today being Monday, so we are waiting,” Koma said.
Koma explained that the JIV report will reveal the cause of the spill, estimated volume of spill and impacted area
By NJ Ayuk, CEO of the African Chamber of Energy.
Last fall, I wrote (https://bit.ly/3zPqScP) about the importance of African governments doing everything they can to encourage international oil companies (IOCs) to continue operating in their countries.
COIs play an important role in supporting economic growth, job creation, skills development and knowledge sharing.
Currently, two IOCs in particular, Azule Energy in Angola and Shell Petroleum Development Corporation of Nigeria (SPDC), show tremendous promise in delivering those long-term benefits.
Azule Energy, a newly formed independent joint venture of BP and Eni's Angolan businesses, is now a big player in the oil and gas industry.
SPDC, the operator of a joint venture agreement between the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Shell, Total Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited and Agip Oil Company of Nigeria, is the largest Shell company in Nigeria.
The potential of the two companies to impact African economies is so significant that the African Chamber of Energy features them both in its recently released State of African Energy Q2 2022 report.
Azule Energy and SPDC are not the only IOCs contributing to economic growth on our continent, but they are excellent examples of the long-term impact international companies can have and the need to create an enabling environment for them.
I strongly encourage government leaders in Angola, Nigeria and other oil and gas producing states to continue to take practical steps, from creating favorable tax policies to protecting company assets from theft and vandalism, to encourage ongoing activity of the IOC.
A new era in Angola The joint venture between the Angolan companies of the British oil major BP and the Italian multinational Eni, completed in early August, is great news in every way.
Azule Energy is now the largest independently owned oil and gas producer in Angola and, according to our report, is expected to be the second largest producer in the country overall, behind only state-owned Sonangol.
Our report projects that Azule will produce approximately 22% of Angola's oil and gas production through 2025, surpassing even industry giants such as Chevron and TotalEnergies.
How much product are we talking about?
Azule is projected to produce 250,000 net barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d) from Angola's upstream sector by 2027, according to BP and Eni. Not only that, but the company has BP and Eni stakes in 16 exploration licences, suggesting a long-term presence in Angola.
Azule will also have an important role to play in the growth of the Angolan natural gas industry, as a participant in the New Gas Consortium (NGC).
This joint venture was created by BP, Eni, Chevron affiliate Cabinda Gulf Oil Company Limited (CABGOC), TotalEnergies and Sonangol in late 2019 to explore for and produce gas in Angola and drive economic growth there.
One of the initial projects of the consortium will be the development of the Quiluma and Maboqueiro gas fields, the first non-associated gas development project in Angola.
The consortium partners announced a final investment decision in the fields earlier this summer.
With first gas scheduled for 2026, the fields are expected to produce a combined total of about 4 billion cubic meters (bcm) of gas a year at their peak.
The project will also supply gas to the Angola LNG (liquefied natural gas) plant.
Azule Energy's ongoing activity will have a tremendous impact on the people and businesses of Angola.
Only the new joint venture's natural gas activities will help meet domestic needs, starting with new gas-to-energy programs that will help deliver reliable electricity to more Angolans.
The gas can also be used as a feedstock for petrochemical plants, leading to further economic growth and diversification, and can help meet the international community's pressing need for natural gas, which has increased since Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
An example for Africa The leaders of the Angolan government have played an important role in making all this possible.
For example, under the leadership of Diamantino Pedro Azevedo, the Ministry of Petroleum Mineral Resources has made it a priority to promote exploration and production activities.
One route the ministry has taken has been to divest Sonangol, the national oil company, of non-core assets.
That move gave Sonangol the funds it needed to focus on its upstream, midstream and downstream businesses as an operator.
Angola also introduced licensing rounds several years ago.
In February 2022, ANPG's third bidding round resulted in proposals from TotalEnergies, Equinor and Eni. As the energy chamber noted at the time, the introduction of the licensing rounds, along with tax reforms, including halving tax royalties and income tax requirements for marginal discoveries, have produced a rebound.
in international activity in Angola.
And it created the kind of environment that will foster a healthy and long-lasting working relationship with Azule Energy.
SPDC's continued role in Nigeria In Nigeria, meanwhile, with over 4 billion boe of potential reserve and the ability to sustain production at over 300,000 boe/d through 2035, SPDC remains very important to the national economy.
The company's current portfolio, according to estimates in our report, is worth at least $2 billion.
SPDC, which made its first discovery in Nigeria in 1956, has been the subject of controversy, mainly due to oil spills in the Niger Delta region.
But the company's presence in Nigeria has also had a positive impact on lives and communities.
In 2019, for example, the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) recognized Shell as the country's most impactful IOC for local content initiatives.
The company is not only known for supporting local vendors and suppliers, but also makes it a priority to employ local people.
It recently estimated that 96% of its local workforce (currently a total of about 2,500 people) is made up of Nigerians, and 66% are from the Niger Delta.
The chamber is also optimistic about SPDC's plans to help transform Nigeria into a natural gas hub.
SPDC Country Head/Corporate Relations Director Igo Weli said Shell companies are working with the Nigerian federal government to build a network of gas plants and pipelines that could boost industrial and commercial development and strengthen exports of liquefied natural gas to meet world demand.
“In Bayelsa State, Shell Nigeria Gas has signed an agreement with the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) to provide gas infrastructure to the NCDMB industrial gas park in Polaku,” Weli said.
"NCDMB estimates that the park could generate more than 30,000 local employment opportunities."
Then there are the company's educational and skill-building initiatives.
The NNPC/Shell Cradle-to-Career scholarship is one example.
Since 2010, 708 young people from the impoverished Niger Delta, where much of SPDC's assets are located, have benefited from the scholarship.
The program covers the full cost of tuition, room and board, books, clothing, toiletries, health insurance, and visitor care for each recipient for all six years of high school.
And over the past five years, 184 participants transitioned into SPDC's college scholarship program.
Recently, Nigeria has seen a growing number of its IOCs divest Nigerian assets: more than 25 oil production licenses in the Niger Delta basin over the last 11 years.
Shell, in fact, also planned to sell its onshore assets in Nigeria, to help it meet emission reduction targets.
However, the company put those plans on hold in June to comply with a Nigerian Supreme Court ruling, which said the company would have to wait until SPDC's appeal in a 2019 oil spill case before selling Nigerian assets.
This would be a good time for government leaders to do everything they can to make staying in Nigeria more attractive to Shell after the court case is over.
One way they could do this would be to help the company significantly reduce the vandalism and oil thefts that affect its operations.
As recently as this summer, the company said it had lost more than $1 billion in revenue from crude theft and property vandalism in Imo, Rivers, Abia and Bayelsa states in recent months.
This is an issue that should concern both the government and Shell, Weli said, because thefts are directly responsible for the majority of SPDC's oil spills.
“If more than 90% (of) the spills are caused by people with axes, saws and even explosive weapons, then you are creating a problem that will consume the budget that you would have used for education, health, etc,” he said.
"If you break pipes and pipes leak and it's very expensive to clean up, and the government had to clean up to make the environment safe for us, then you're funneling needed resources to other things."
I realize that solving the socioeconomic challenges that contribute to these crimes, including unemployment and fuel shortages, is not an easy task.
Still, Nigeria's leadership should do all it can to help SPDC keep its assets safe in the short term so that the opportunities the company is creating can strengthen local communities in the long term.
Well worth the time and resources Large international companies like SPDC and Azule Energy have an impact on both national governments and small communities.
They add to the country's coffers and help young adults develop the skills needed for a prosperous and rewarding future.
The African Chamber of Energy looks optimistically at both companies and we look forward to seeing more like them across the continent.
However, making that happen will largely depend on African governments.
By creating operator-friendly policies and working cooperatively to help COIs address challenges, our leaders can help ensure far-reaching benefits for their countries and their people.
A Shell Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel operating off Bayelsa coastline, has been shut down due water leakage, an official has said SPDC Spokesman, Mr Michael Adande who disclosed this in a statement on Thursday, said the vessel has been safely anchored for repairs.
He stated that the offshore crew on board the vessel christened Sea Eagle, reported the water inflow into the hull of the facility on July 24. ”The water inflow did not affect the section of the FPSO where any crude is stored.
”An emergency response team has been successfully activated to respond to the incident and to contain the water inflow,” he said.
Adande said that the FPSO could store up to 1.4 million barrels of processed crude, and had a production capacity of 170,000 barrels per day.
The Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) has signed a contract to acquire drones to monitor its pipelines and wellheads in the Niger Delta.
SPDC’s General Manager, External Relations, Mr Igo Weli made this known at a news conference in Port Harcourt on Tuesday.
He said the company decided to acquire drones due to frequent attacks on its pipelines, leading to huge revenue losses from activities of oil thieves and pipeline vandals.
According to him, the oil thieves punctured SPDC pipelines and wellheads, and thereafter, redirected crude oil to their illegal refining sites, thus denying the company needed revenue.
“To this end, we have signed a contract, and soon we will start using drones to monitor our pipelines, wellheads and other facilities.
” Shell does so much to protect its assets in Nigeria,” he said.
Weli said that frequent attacks on its oil and gas facilities by organised criminals had worsened over the years, resulting in the company spending huge funds to protect its facilities.
“Some of the other extraordinary things we do as a company is flying helicopters daily to check the pipelines that come at a huge cost to the company.
“Even when we see illegal refineries, we cannot do much other than draw the attention of the authorities to it.
“The SPDC builds cages and installs technology to protect its wellheads – just like we put burglary proof in our homes to ward off robbers.
“This is worrisome and should be of concern to everyone, understanding that oil and gas is where the country generates huge forex and creates employment for millions,” he added.
The SPDC general manager said the company was also collaborating with security agencies through the sharing of data on the locations and activities of illegal bunkers and refining sites.
He said the sharing of data was done to ensure the menace was decisively tackled, to improve the business and working environment.
Weli said governments at both state and Federal levels had been doing their best to address the menace but that more needed to be done to end the menace.
“This is why we have been talking about this over the years, and went as far as opening a website on oil spillage in 2011.” On the reopening of Trans Niger Pipeline shutdown by the company in March, Weli said the company would only reopen the pipeline when the facility is secured from attacks.
The Rotary Club of Port Harcourt Eco Chapter has called for the remediation of Otuabagi Community hosting Oloibiri oilfields in Ogbia, Bayelsa.
The chapter President-elect, Mr Iniruo Wills, a former Commissioner for Environment in Bayelsa, made the call on Saturday during the club’s engagement with stakeholders from the community.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Oloibiri is Nigeria’s historical community, where oil was first discovered in commercial quantities in 1956.
Wills said the meeting was intended to draw attention to the adverse environmental effects after oil production stopped in the community many decades ago.
He said that the club’s visit to Otuabagi was to take stock of the negative impact of oil exploration on the community and draw attention to the need for remediation.
He said that although oil exploration had stopped in the area over 30 years ago, residual oil leakages still polluted the environment whenever it rained.
Wills further said that the development was subjecting residents to untold hardships due to the lack of measures to mitigate leaks from the dry wells.
He, therefore, called on the Federal Government and oil industry to be responsive to the plight of oil-bearing communities, especially when the oil wells had dried up.
In a speech, a Public Health Physician, Dr Bieye Briggs, said that residents complained that crude still oozed out intermittently from the wellheads to pollute their environment.
Briggs said the people were in great danger, adding that aquatic lives, including fishes and shrimps, were being destroyed by oil.
“Those hydrocarbons discharged have been concentrated within the aquatic space and contaminate the fauna and flora and they become poisonous to human lives.
“That is why within a period of 10 years to 15 years you begin to see cancer, kidney diseases, liver problems, lungs and respiratory disorders because of the oil pollution in the environment,” he said.
Briggs also said that the residual oil leakages also affected the underground waters, which the people also depended on.
He said that the community also reported that they often found oily sediments floating on their stream.
Also, a former President of the club, Mrs Emem Okon, said the community had been neglected for years by oil and gas companies.
The President PH plus-Eco Rotary, Mr Davies Okarevu, called on the people to join the club in order to contribute to the humanitarian eandeavours for the betterment of society.
Okarevu said the club is about giving back to society and having a sense of accomplishement in contributing to human progress.
The Acting Chairman, Council of Chiefs, Otuobagi, Chief Joseph Erefa, regretted that the community had been neglected for decades and schemed out through oil politics.
Erefa also called on the Federal Government and oil firms to reconsider their attitude toward the community.
He described the area as the ”goose that lays the golden egg” and urged the oil companies to provide social amenities to alleviate the sufferings of the people.
NAN reports that the club visited Oil 1 and 2, known as Oloibiri oilfields within Oil Mining Lease 29, previously operated by Shell Production Development Company.
SPDC had in 2015 divested its interest in OML 29, which includes the 97 kilometer Nembe Creek Trunkline that links the Bonny Expirt Terminal to indegenous operator, Aiteo for $2.4 billion.