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  •  Chief Timipre Sylva Minister of State for Petroleum Resources says there are about 265 illegal refineries in the Shell Petroleum Development Company SPDC corridor alone as Nigeria continues to grapple with oil theft The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Sylva spoke at the 60th Anniversary of the Oil Producers Trade Section OPTS of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry LCCI on Thursday in Lagos The minister represented by Mr Kamaru Busari Acting Permanent Secretary Ministry of Petroleum Resources said vandalism and oil theft had resulted in Nigeria producing less than one million barrels of crude oil per day Sylva said the country s inability to meet its Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries OPEC quota had deprived it of the much needed oil revenue when oil prices were very high in the international market He said nevertheless the government was engaging host communities security agencies and deploying technology to address the issue in order to boost investors confidence in the sector On his part Malam Mele Kyari Group Chief Executive Officer Nigerian National Petroleum Company Ltd NNPCL said the company was not unmindful of the current challenges particularly security in the operational areas and cash call arrears settlement Kyari represented by Mr Dapo Segun Deputy General Manager Treasury NNPCL however maintained that the company was resilient and would work with other stakeholders to overcome the security challenges He said We have deployed creative solutions to tackle security challenges in the operational areas Technological intervention for both monitoring and prompt intervention would also be set up The tackling of the menace is a top priority for NNPCL Also our new governance framework provides us autonomy and opportunity for self accounting hence cash call settlement including arrears would be settled and handled promptly going forward Earlier in his address of welcome Mr Rick Kennedy Chairman OPTS said OPTS had made significant contributions to the development of the Nigerian oil and gas industry over the past 60 years Kennedy represented by Mr Osagie Okunbor Vice Chairman OPTS said OPTS members had demonstrated resilience and commitment in the face of economic security environmental and funding challenges He said We have continued to make significant contributions to Nigeria s development As a group OPTS member companies account about 90 per cent of Nigeria oil production and contributes significantly to the domestic and export gas production and supply Over the last decade OPTS member companies accounted for 40 60 per cent of government revenue and 85 to 95 per cent of export earnings OPTS member companies are also proud to have paid tens of billions of dollars in taxes levies royalties rents and license fees to the Nigerian government Kennedy who is also the Managing Director Chevron Africa Business Unit said the OPTS companies had also created over 600 000 direct and indirect jobs for Nigerians Also Mr Bunmi Toyobo Executive Director OPTS thanked the 29 companies who were members of the OPTS for their contributions to its achievements in the past 60 years This celebration is to demonstrate our abiding faith in Nigeria as a group and belief in the boundless growth potential of our country given the enabling environment he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    265 illegal refineries in SPDC corridor – Sylva
     Chief Timipre Sylva Minister of State for Petroleum Resources says there are about 265 illegal refineries in the Shell Petroleum Development Company SPDC corridor alone as Nigeria continues to grapple with oil theft The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Sylva spoke at the 60th Anniversary of the Oil Producers Trade Section OPTS of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry LCCI on Thursday in Lagos The minister represented by Mr Kamaru Busari Acting Permanent Secretary Ministry of Petroleum Resources said vandalism and oil theft had resulted in Nigeria producing less than one million barrels of crude oil per day Sylva said the country s inability to meet its Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries OPEC quota had deprived it of the much needed oil revenue when oil prices were very high in the international market He said nevertheless the government was engaging host communities security agencies and deploying technology to address the issue in order to boost investors confidence in the sector On his part Malam Mele Kyari Group Chief Executive Officer Nigerian National Petroleum Company Ltd NNPCL said the company was not unmindful of the current challenges particularly security in the operational areas and cash call arrears settlement Kyari represented by Mr Dapo Segun Deputy General Manager Treasury NNPCL however maintained that the company was resilient and would work with other stakeholders to overcome the security challenges He said We have deployed creative solutions to tackle security challenges in the operational areas Technological intervention for both monitoring and prompt intervention would also be set up The tackling of the menace is a top priority for NNPCL Also our new governance framework provides us autonomy and opportunity for self accounting hence cash call settlement including arrears would be settled and handled promptly going forward Earlier in his address of welcome Mr Rick Kennedy Chairman OPTS said OPTS had made significant contributions to the development of the Nigerian oil and gas industry over the past 60 years Kennedy represented by Mr Osagie Okunbor Vice Chairman OPTS said OPTS members had demonstrated resilience and commitment in the face of economic security environmental and funding challenges He said We have continued to make significant contributions to Nigeria s development As a group OPTS member companies account about 90 per cent of Nigeria oil production and contributes significantly to the domestic and export gas production and supply Over the last decade OPTS member companies accounted for 40 60 per cent of government revenue and 85 to 95 per cent of export earnings OPTS member companies are also proud to have paid tens of billions of dollars in taxes levies royalties rents and license fees to the Nigerian government Kennedy who is also the Managing Director Chevron Africa Business Unit said the OPTS companies had also created over 600 000 direct and indirect jobs for Nigerians Also Mr Bunmi Toyobo Executive Director OPTS thanked the 29 companies who were members of the OPTS for their contributions to its achievements in the past 60 years This celebration is to demonstrate our abiding faith in Nigeria as a group and belief in the boundless growth potential of our country given the enabling environment he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    265 illegal refineries in SPDC corridor – Sylva
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    265 illegal refineries in SPDC corridor – Sylva

    Chief Timipre Sylva, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, says there are about 265 illegal refineries in the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) corridor alone as Nigeria continues to grapple with oil theft.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Sylva spoke at the 60th Anniversary of the Oil Producers Trade Section (OPTS) of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) on Thursday in Lagos.

    The minister, represented by Mr Kamaru Busari, Acting Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum Resources, said vandalism and oil theft had resulted in Nigeria producing less than one million barrels of crude oil per day.

    Sylva said the country’s inability to meet its Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) quota had deprived it of the much needed oil revenue when oil prices were very high in the international market.

    He said, nevertheless, the government was engaging host communities, security agencies and deploying technology to address the issue in order to boost investors’ confidence in the sector.

    On his part, Malam Mele Kyari, Group Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian National Petroleum Company Ltd. (NNPCL), said the company was not unmindful of the current challenges, particularly security in the operational areas and cash call arrears settlement.

    Kyari, represented by Mr Dapo Segun, Deputy General Manager, Treasury, NNPCL, however,  maintained that the company was resilient and would work with other stakeholders to overcome the security challenges.

    He said: “We have deployed creative solutions to tackle security challenges in the operational areas.

    “Technological intervention for both monitoring and prompt intervention would also be set up.

    The tackling of the menace is a top priority for NNPCL.

    “Also, our new governance framework provides us autonomy and opportunity for self-accounting hence cash-call settlement including arrears would be settled and handled promptly going forward.

    ” Earlier in his address of welcome, Mr Rick Kennedy, Chairman OPTS, said OPTS had made significant contributions to the development of the Nigerian oil and gas industry over the past 60 years.

    Kennedy, represented by Mr Osagie Okunbor, Vice Chairman, OPTS, said OPTS members had demonstrated resilience and commitment in the face of economic, security, environmental and funding challenges.

    He said: “We have continued to make significant contributions to Nigeria’s development.

    “As a group, OPTS member companies account about 90 per cent of Nigeria oil production and contributes significantly to the domestic and export gas production and supply.

    “Over the last decade, OPTS member companies accounted for 40-60 per cent of government revenue and 85 to 95 per cent of export earnings.

    “OPTS member companies are also proud to have paid tens of billions of dollars in taxes, levies, royalties, rents, and license fees to the Nigerian government.

    ” Kennedy, who is also the Managing Director, Chevron -Africa Business Unit, said the OPTS companies had also created over 600,000 direct and indirect jobs for Nigerians.

    Also, Mr Bunmi Toyobo, Executive Director,OPTS, thanked the 29 companies who were members of the OPTS for their contributions to its achievements in the past 60 years.

    “This celebration is to demonstrate our abiding faith in Nigeria as a group and belief in the boundless growth potential of our country, given the enabling environment,” he said.


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  •  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 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Bayelsa: Shell blames Peremabiri leak on old sabotage
     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 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Bayelsa: Shell blames Peremabiri leak on old sabotage
    Environment2 weeks ago

    Bayelsa: Shell blames Peremabiri leak on old sabotage

    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.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  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 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Oil theft: SPDC to deploy drones to monitor pipelines, wellheads
     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 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Oil theft: SPDC to deploy drones to monitor pipelines, wellheads
    General news2 months ago

    Oil theft: SPDC to deploy drones to monitor pipelines, wellheads

    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.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The indigenes of Olomoro Community in Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta have shut down operations of Oil Mining Lease OML 30 operated by the Heritage Energy Oil Services Limited HEOSL The aggrieved indigenes of the host community on Sunday converged on the entrance of the oil firm in a peaceful protest to effect the action premised on the alleged disengagement of eight of their kinsmen working with the company They claimed that their kinsmen were sacked without any reason The protesters who carried placards with inscriptions like Heritage just reinstate all the indigenous workers among others also accused the company of unduly marginalising the host community Addressing newsmen shortly after the protest Patron of Olomoro Indigenes Heritage Staff Mr Okpogbo Peter vowed that the company would not be reopened until the affected staff were reabsorbed According to him the disengaged workers were employees of the Shell Petroleum Development Company SPDC before it was bought by the Nigerian Petroleum and Development Company NPDC in 2012 He said that HEOSL had not employed any Olomoro indigene since it inherited the assets from NPDC in 2017 Shell requested that workers from the Olomoro community and their assets be transferred to NPDC in 2012 HEOSL bought the facilities in 2017 Since 2017 HEOSL has never employed anybody from Olomoro community but would rather sack our people employed by Shell He said the community disagreed with their disengagement adding that Heritage had no right to sack any of the community workers that were employed by Shell He added that Heritage owed Olomoro community slots therefore the sacked workers should be recalled Peter said the action would be sustained until the workers were reabsorbed Also one of the disengaged staff of the company Mr Steve Okaro alleged that the company had made series of illegal employment over the years which had over bloated the staff strength Okaro alleged further that another company was attempting to buy HEOSL but however complained of the over bloated staff strength We learnt that a new company is coming to take over from Heritage but it s like the company is complaining of the staff strength Now they want to let some workers go and it is the community workers Those workers they employed through the back doors they did not touch them They are owning Olomoro community more slots and they are dropping our people We are saying no way we cannot take it from them All the eight sacked workers should be reinstated Okaro said the community leader had appealed for a diplomatic resolution of the issue but the company was not shifting ground prompting the protest However the HEOSL Community Relations Officer simply identified as Mr Williams told the News Agency of Nigeria that he was not authorised to speak to newsmen He promised to send the contact of the rightful authority to NAN which he never did I am not allowed to speak with the press It is not my function I will send you the contact of the real person to speak with Williams said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Community grounds OML 30 over sack of kinsmen in Delta
     The indigenes of Olomoro Community in Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta have shut down operations of Oil Mining Lease OML 30 operated by the Heritage Energy Oil Services Limited HEOSL The aggrieved indigenes of the host community on Sunday converged on the entrance of the oil firm in a peaceful protest to effect the action premised on the alleged disengagement of eight of their kinsmen working with the company They claimed that their kinsmen were sacked without any reason The protesters who carried placards with inscriptions like Heritage just reinstate all the indigenous workers among others also accused the company of unduly marginalising the host community Addressing newsmen shortly after the protest Patron of Olomoro Indigenes Heritage Staff Mr Okpogbo Peter vowed that the company would not be reopened until the affected staff were reabsorbed According to him the disengaged workers were employees of the Shell Petroleum Development Company SPDC before it was bought by the Nigerian Petroleum and Development Company NPDC in 2012 He said that HEOSL had not employed any Olomoro indigene since it inherited the assets from NPDC in 2017 Shell requested that workers from the Olomoro community and their assets be transferred to NPDC in 2012 HEOSL bought the facilities in 2017 Since 2017 HEOSL has never employed anybody from Olomoro community but would rather sack our people employed by Shell He said the community disagreed with their disengagement adding that Heritage had no right to sack any of the community workers that were employed by Shell He added that Heritage owed Olomoro community slots therefore the sacked workers should be recalled Peter said the action would be sustained until the workers were reabsorbed Also one of the disengaged staff of the company Mr Steve Okaro alleged that the company had made series of illegal employment over the years which had over bloated the staff strength Okaro alleged further that another company was attempting to buy HEOSL but however complained of the over bloated staff strength We learnt that a new company is coming to take over from Heritage but it s like the company is complaining of the staff strength Now they want to let some workers go and it is the community workers Those workers they employed through the back doors they did not touch them They are owning Olomoro community more slots and they are dropping our people We are saying no way we cannot take it from them All the eight sacked workers should be reinstated Okaro said the community leader had appealed for a diplomatic resolution of the issue but the company was not shifting ground prompting the protest However the HEOSL Community Relations Officer simply identified as Mr Williams told the News Agency of Nigeria that he was not authorised to speak to newsmen He promised to send the contact of the rightful authority to NAN which he never did I am not allowed to speak with the press It is not my function I will send you the contact of the real person to speak with Williams said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Community grounds OML 30 over sack of kinsmen in Delta
    General news3 months ago

    Community grounds OML 30 over sack of kinsmen in Delta

    The indigenes of Olomoro Community in Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta have shut down operations of Oil Mining Lease (OML) 30 operated by the Heritage Energy Oil Services Limited (HEOSL).The aggrieved indigenes of the host community on Sunday converged on the entrance of the oil firm in a peaceful protest to effect the action premised on the alleged disengagement of eight of their kinsmen working with the company.They claimed that their kinsmen were sacked without any reason.The protesters, who carried placards with inscriptions like: “Heritage, just reinstate all the indigenous workers” among others, also accused the company of unduly marginalising the host community.Addressing newsmen shortly after the protest, Patron of Olomoro Indigenes Heritage Staff, Mr Okpogbo Peter, vowed that the company would not be reopened until the affected staff were reabsorbed.According to him, the disengaged workers were employees of the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) before it was bought by the Nigerian Petroleum and Development Company (NPDC) in 2012.He said that HEOSL had not employed any Olomoro indigene since it inherited the assets from NPDC in 2017.“Shell requested that workers from the Olomoro community and their assets be transferred to NPDC in 2012. HEOSL bought the facilities in 2017.“Since 2017, HEOSL has never employed anybody from Olomoro community, but would rather sack our people employed by Shell.He said the community disagreed with their disengagement, adding that Heritage had no right to sack any of the community workers that were employed by Shell.He added that Heritage  owed Olomoro community slots, therefore, the sacked workers should be recalled. Peter said the action would be sustained until the workers were reabsorbed.Also, one of the disengaged staff of the company, Mr Steve Okaro, alleged that the company had made series of illegal employment over the years which had over-bloated the staff strength.Okaro alleged further that another company was attempting to buy HEOSL but, however, complained of the over-bloated staff strength.“We learnt that a new company is coming to take over from Heritage, but it’s like the company is complaining of the staff strength.“Now, they want to let some workers go and it is the community workers. Those workers they employed through the back doors, they did not touch them.“They are owning Olomoro community more slots and they are dropping our people. We are saying, no way, we cannot take it from them. All the eight sacked workers should be reinstated.Okaro said the community leader had appealed for a diplomatic resolution of the issue but the company was not shifting ground, prompting the protest.However, the HEOSL Community Relations Officer simply identified as Mr Williams, told the News Agency of Nigeria that he was not authorised to speak to newsmen.He promised to send the contact of the rightful authority to NAN which he never did.“I am not allowed to speak with the press. It is not my function. I will send you the contact of the real person to speak with,” Williams said.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Senate on Wednesday at plenary constituted an Ad Hoc Committee to investigate Shell Petroleum Development Company SPDC over non compliance with the Petroleum Act and violation of Joint Venture Agreement entered i with the Federal Government The Ad Hoc committee was mandated to investigate the Oil Mining Lease granted to SPDC between 1959 to 1989 and 1989 to 2019 under the SPDC and NNPC Joint Venture agreement The committee constituted by the Senate President Ahmad Lawan has Sen Sabi Abdullahi APC Niger as Chairman Other members include Senators George Thompson Sekibo PDP Rivers Abdullahi Yahaya PDP Kebbi Bassey Albert Akpan PDP Akwa Ibom Solomon Adeola APC Lagos Smart Adeyemi APC Kogi and Aishatu Ahmed APC Adamawa Senate demanded a refund of 200 million dollars any amount short of what was paid by SPDC including penalties and interests under the lease agreements to the Federal Government The resolution was reached after it considered a motion sponsored by Sen George Sekibo PDP Rivers The motion entitled Non payment of the sum of 200 million dollars accruals from the Oil Mining Lease OML by Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited under the Joint Venture Agreement And illegal and unlawful renewal of Oil Mining Leases by the Ministry of Petroleum of Petroleum Resources DPR contrary to the provision of paragraph 10 of the First Schedule to the Petroleum Act 1969 now Section 86 1 and 86 6 of the Petroleum Industry Act 2022 Sekibo in his lead debate noted that the Joint Venture JV agreement was in contravention of the provisions of the Petroleum Act 1969 by the defunct Department of Petroleum Resources DPR and the Ministry of Petroleum Resources granted to the SPDC NNPC a 30 year Oil Mining Lease from 1959 to 1989 He observed that doing so constituted an illegal extension of the Oil Mining Lease by 10 years in the first instance instead of the prescribed term of 20 years without recourse to the provisions of the Petroleum Act 1969 in paragraph 10 of the First Schedule He said upon the expiration of the initial Oil Mining Lease in 1989 SPDC and NNPC JV was granted another 30 year Oil Mining Lease again from 1st July 1989 to 30th June 2019 by the Ministry of Petroluem and DPR instead of the 20 years lease prescribed by the Petroleum Act This he said is contrary to paragraph 10 of the First Schedule to the said act He revealed that in the initial additional 10 years Oil Mining Lease of 1969 to 1989 illegally granted to the SPDC and NNPC JV by the Ministry of Petroleum Resources and DPR the Federal Government lost from fees taxes rents and royalties the sum of 120 million dollars He stated that in the second instance of the extra 10 years the Federal Government also lost a further sum of 80 million dollars amounting to a total of 200 million dollars He said the loss of 200 million dollars which was equivalent to N83 130 billion could have been of great value to the economy of the nation He expressed worry that that the trend of illegal extension of Joint Venture JV period from 20 years to 30 years lease period without recourse to the Petroleum Act may have also applied to other Joint Venture agreements with the International Oil Companies IOCs and need to be investigated He disclosed that a whistle blower petitioned the EFCC on the need to recover the fund from SPDC for the illegal extensions by the Ministry of Petroleum Resources DPR and to further investigate all other Joint Venture agreements that involved the aforementioned IOCs He noted that the power to make laws for the Federation as vested in the National Assembly by the Constitution also encompasses the power to make laws for the promotion of national prosperity and a dynamic self reliant economy as provided in section 16 1 a of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended He said the Constitution also give power to the National Assembly to carry out appropriate investigation on misapplication of the laws enacted by the National Assembly as provided in Section 88 of the Constitution NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Senate probes Shell over alleged Joint Venture agreement violation, wants 0m refunded to FG
     The Senate on Wednesday at plenary constituted an Ad Hoc Committee to investigate Shell Petroleum Development Company SPDC over non compliance with the Petroleum Act and violation of Joint Venture Agreement entered i with the Federal Government The Ad Hoc committee was mandated to investigate the Oil Mining Lease granted to SPDC between 1959 to 1989 and 1989 to 2019 under the SPDC and NNPC Joint Venture agreement The committee constituted by the Senate President Ahmad Lawan has Sen Sabi Abdullahi APC Niger as Chairman Other members include Senators George Thompson Sekibo PDP Rivers Abdullahi Yahaya PDP Kebbi Bassey Albert Akpan PDP Akwa Ibom Solomon Adeola APC Lagos Smart Adeyemi APC Kogi and Aishatu Ahmed APC Adamawa Senate demanded a refund of 200 million dollars any amount short of what was paid by SPDC including penalties and interests under the lease agreements to the Federal Government The resolution was reached after it considered a motion sponsored by Sen George Sekibo PDP Rivers The motion entitled Non payment of the sum of 200 million dollars accruals from the Oil Mining Lease OML by Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited under the Joint Venture Agreement And illegal and unlawful renewal of Oil Mining Leases by the Ministry of Petroleum of Petroleum Resources DPR contrary to the provision of paragraph 10 of the First Schedule to the Petroleum Act 1969 now Section 86 1 and 86 6 of the Petroleum Industry Act 2022 Sekibo in his lead debate noted that the Joint Venture JV agreement was in contravention of the provisions of the Petroleum Act 1969 by the defunct Department of Petroleum Resources DPR and the Ministry of Petroleum Resources granted to the SPDC NNPC a 30 year Oil Mining Lease from 1959 to 1989 He observed that doing so constituted an illegal extension of the Oil Mining Lease by 10 years in the first instance instead of the prescribed term of 20 years without recourse to the provisions of the Petroleum Act 1969 in paragraph 10 of the First Schedule He said upon the expiration of the initial Oil Mining Lease in 1989 SPDC and NNPC JV was granted another 30 year Oil Mining Lease again from 1st July 1989 to 30th June 2019 by the Ministry of Petroluem and DPR instead of the 20 years lease prescribed by the Petroleum Act This he said is contrary to paragraph 10 of the First Schedule to the said act He revealed that in the initial additional 10 years Oil Mining Lease of 1969 to 1989 illegally granted to the SPDC and NNPC JV by the Ministry of Petroleum Resources and DPR the Federal Government lost from fees taxes rents and royalties the sum of 120 million dollars He stated that in the second instance of the extra 10 years the Federal Government also lost a further sum of 80 million dollars amounting to a total of 200 million dollars He said the loss of 200 million dollars which was equivalent to N83 130 billion could have been of great value to the economy of the nation He expressed worry that that the trend of illegal extension of Joint Venture JV period from 20 years to 30 years lease period without recourse to the Petroleum Act may have also applied to other Joint Venture agreements with the International Oil Companies IOCs and need to be investigated He disclosed that a whistle blower petitioned the EFCC on the need to recover the fund from SPDC for the illegal extensions by the Ministry of Petroleum Resources DPR and to further investigate all other Joint Venture agreements that involved the aforementioned IOCs He noted that the power to make laws for the Federation as vested in the National Assembly by the Constitution also encompasses the power to make laws for the promotion of national prosperity and a dynamic self reliant economy as provided in section 16 1 a of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended He said the Constitution also give power to the National Assembly to carry out appropriate investigation on misapplication of the laws enacted by the National Assembly as provided in Section 88 of the Constitution NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Senate probes Shell over alleged Joint Venture agreement violation, wants 0m refunded to FG
    General news3 months ago

    Senate probes Shell over alleged Joint Venture agreement violation, wants $200m refunded to FG

    The Senate, on Wednesday at plenary constituted an Ad Hoc Committee to investigate Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) over non-compliance with the Petroleum Act and violation  of Joint Venture Agreement entered i with the Federal Government.The Ad Hoc committee was mandated to investigate  the Oil Mining Lease granted to SPDC between 1959 to 1989, and 1989 to 2019 under the SPDC and NNPC Joint Venture agreement.The  committee, constituted by the Senate President Ahmad Lawan, has Sen. Sabi Abdullahi (APC- Niger) as  Chairman.Other members include  Senators George Thompson Sekibo,(PDP-Rivers) Abdullahi Yahaya, (PDP-Kebbi) Bassey Albert Akpan,(PDP-Akwa Ibom)  Solomon Adeola,(APC-Lagos) Smart Adeyemi(APC-Kogi)  and Aishatu Ahmed. ((APC-Adamawa).Senate demanded a refund of 200 million  dollars , any amount short of what was paid by SPDC, including penalties and interests under the lease agreements  to the  Federal Government.The resolution was reached  after it considered a motion sponsored by Sen. George Sekibo (PDP- Rivers ).The motion entitled: “Non payment of the sum of 200  million dollars  accruals from the Oil Mining Lease (OML), by Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited under the Joint Venture Agreement.“And, illegal and unlawful renewal of Oil Mining Leases by the Ministry of Petroleum of Petroleum Resources (DPR) contrary to the provision of paragraph 10 of the First Schedule to the Petroleum Act 1969 (now Section 86(1) and 86(6) of the Petroleum Industry Act 2022.”Sekibo, in his lead debate noted  that the Joint Venture (JV) agreement was  in contravention of the provisions of the Petroleum Act 1969, by the defunct Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) and the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, granted to the SPDC, NNPC a 30-year Oil Mining Lease from 1959 to 1989.He observed that doing so constituted an illegal extension of the Oil Mining Lease by 10 years in the first instance, instead of the prescribed term of 20 years, without recourse to the provisions of the Petroleum Act 1969 in paragraph 10 of the First Schedule.He said  upon the expiration of the initial Oil Mining Lease in 1989, SPDC and NNPC JV, was granted another 30-year Oil Mining Lease again from 1st July 1989 to 30th June, 2019, by the Ministry of Petroluem and DPR instead of the 20 years lease  prescribed by the Petroleum Act.This, he said, is contrary to paragraph 10 of the First Schedule to the said act.He revealed that in the initial additional 10 years Oil Mining Lease of 1969 to 1989, illegally granted to the SPDC and NNPC JV by the Ministry of Petroleum Resources and DPR, the Federal Government lost from fees, taxes, rents and royalties the sum of 120 million dollars.He stated that in the second instance of the extra 10 years the Federal Government also lost a further sum of 80 million  dollars, amounting to a total of 200 million dollars.He  said the  loss of 200 million dollars which was equivalent to N83.130 billion, could have been of great value to the economy of the nation.He expressed worry that that the trend of illegal extension of Joint Venture (JV) period from 20 years to 30 years lease period without recourse to the Petroleum Act may have also applied to other Joint Venture agreements with the International Oil Companies (IOCs) and need to be investigated.He  disclosed that a whistle-blower petitioned the EFCC on the need to recover the  fund from SPDC for the illegal extensions by the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, DPR and to further investigate all other Joint Venture agreements that involved the aforementioned IOCs.He noted that the power to make laws for the Federation as vested in the National Assembly by the Constitution also encompasses the power to make laws for the promotion of national prosperity and a dynamic self-reliant economy as provided in section 16(1)(a) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.He said   the Constitution also give power to the National Assembly to carry out appropriate investigation on  misapplication of the laws enacted by the National Assembly, as provided in Section 88 of the Constitution.NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Health of Mother Earth Foundation HOMEF an environmental rights group says it trained no fewer than 60 residents of oil bearing communities in Bayelsa Addressing some volunteers during training in Ikarama Community Yenagoa Local Government Area LGA Dr Nnimmo Bassey Executive Director of HOMEF said that a safe environment was fundamental to support lives and livelihoods The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Shell Petroleum Development Company SPDC started operations in Ikarama community in 1964 He said there was the need for people who resided near oil and gas fields to remain vigilant in conserving the environment Bassey advised that they should also ensure that the economic interests of investors did not threaten the environment He said there was the need to raise volunteers who would defend the ecosystem from degradation and pollution The Executive Director said that Ikarama community was the worst hit and most impacted when it comes to oil spill in the Niger Delta region According to him available data indicate that the area records the most frequent oil spills from the operations of Shell and Agip He advised them to develop their skills and capacity to listen to the environment as it responded and spoke by responding to human activities that distort the ecosystem The session had a site inspection of oil spill impacted sites The volunteers found out that a youth leader from the community wanted to use his farm for fish farming but discovered that oil was oozing out from the ground A community youth invested resources to excavate his farm for fish farm only to find out that oil was coming out from the ground He did this last year and this year it is shocking that the exposure of this level of pollution has not driven the polluters to action immediately We heard Shell has come here to take samples up till now we have not heard that the result has been released We want to be sure that the result should be released as soon as they are ready The Ministry of Environment the NOSDRA and those from Federal Ministry should be involved too We are having contamination not just in this location here it is very important to test soil across the community because we are having oil facilities traversing Ikarama community and other Niger Delta communities Bassey said He recommended clean up of oil impacted areas as the people had been affected badly in oil spill cases in the Niger Delta region Also Mr Alagoa Morris an environmentalist said monitoring the environment demanded factual and evidence based data collection recording and reporting He called on Shell and other oil companies to be proactive when such happened for the safety of the rural dwellers and the aquatic lives that the people depended on Mr Benjamin Enebiri the owner of the fish farm where oil was coming from the ground expressed sadness over the situation calling on Shell to remediate his land He said he invested over N600 000 to hire an excavator to dig the pond regretting that all has become a waste of resources for him and his family He called on Shell and other oil firms to always consider the needs of the rural people by providing them a standard hospital because the people were dying from various ailments caused by oil exploration NAN reports that the interactive segment of the training had the volunteers from the community share experiences on the adverse impacts of oil and gas exploration on their environments NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Foundation trains oil communities on environmental monitoring
     Health of Mother Earth Foundation HOMEF an environmental rights group says it trained no fewer than 60 residents of oil bearing communities in Bayelsa Addressing some volunteers during training in Ikarama Community Yenagoa Local Government Area LGA Dr Nnimmo Bassey Executive Director of HOMEF said that a safe environment was fundamental to support lives and livelihoods The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Shell Petroleum Development Company SPDC started operations in Ikarama community in 1964 He said there was the need for people who resided near oil and gas fields to remain vigilant in conserving the environment Bassey advised that they should also ensure that the economic interests of investors did not threaten the environment He said there was the need to raise volunteers who would defend the ecosystem from degradation and pollution The Executive Director said that Ikarama community was the worst hit and most impacted when it comes to oil spill in the Niger Delta region According to him available data indicate that the area records the most frequent oil spills from the operations of Shell and Agip He advised them to develop their skills and capacity to listen to the environment as it responded and spoke by responding to human activities that distort the ecosystem The session had a site inspection of oil spill impacted sites The volunteers found out that a youth leader from the community wanted to use his farm for fish farming but discovered that oil was oozing out from the ground A community youth invested resources to excavate his farm for fish farm only to find out that oil was coming out from the ground He did this last year and this year it is shocking that the exposure of this level of pollution has not driven the polluters to action immediately We heard Shell has come here to take samples up till now we have not heard that the result has been released We want to be sure that the result should be released as soon as they are ready The Ministry of Environment the NOSDRA and those from Federal Ministry should be involved too We are having contamination not just in this location here it is very important to test soil across the community because we are having oil facilities traversing Ikarama community and other Niger Delta communities Bassey said He recommended clean up of oil impacted areas as the people had been affected badly in oil spill cases in the Niger Delta region Also Mr Alagoa Morris an environmentalist said monitoring the environment demanded factual and evidence based data collection recording and reporting He called on Shell and other oil companies to be proactive when such happened for the safety of the rural dwellers and the aquatic lives that the people depended on Mr Benjamin Enebiri the owner of the fish farm where oil was coming from the ground expressed sadness over the situation calling on Shell to remediate his land He said he invested over N600 000 to hire an excavator to dig the pond regretting that all has become a waste of resources for him and his family He called on Shell and other oil firms to always consider the needs of the rural people by providing them a standard hospital because the people were dying from various ailments caused by oil exploration NAN reports that the interactive segment of the training had the volunteers from the community share experiences on the adverse impacts of oil and gas exploration on their environments NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Foundation trains oil communities on environmental monitoring
    Environment4 months ago

    Foundation trains oil communities on environmental monitoring

    Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), an environmental rights group, says it trained no fewer than 60 residents of oil bearing communities in Bayelsa.

    Addressing some volunteers during training in Ikarama Community, Yenagoa Local Government Area (LGA), Dr Nnimmo Bassey, Executive Director of HOMEF said that a safe environment was fundamental to support lives and livelihoods.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) started operations in Ikarama community in 1964.

    He said  there was the need for people, who resided near oil and gas fields, to remain vigilant in conserving the environment.

    Bassey advised that they should also ensure that the economic interests of investors did not threaten the environment.

    He said there was the need to raise volunteers who would defend the ecosystem from degradation and pollution.

    The Executive Director said that Ikarama community was the worst hit and most impacted when it comes to oil spill in the Niger Delta region.

    According to him, available data indicate that the area records the most frequent oil spills from the operations of Shell and Agip.

    He advised them to develop their skills and capacity to ‘listen to the environment’ as it responded and spoke by responding to human activities that distort the ecosystem.

    The session had a site inspection of oil spill impacted sites.

    The volunteers found out that a youth leader from the community wanted to use his farm for fish farming but discovered that oil was oozing out from the ground.

    “A community youth invested resources to excavate his farm for fish farm only to find out that oil was coming out from the ground.

    “He did this last year and this year, it is shocking that the exposure of this level of pollution has not driven the polluters to action immediately.

    “We heard Shell has come here to take samples up till now, we have not heard that the result has been released. We want to be sure that the result should be released as soon as they are ready.

    “The Ministry of Environment, the NOSDRA and those from Federal Ministry should be involved too.

    “We are having contamination not just in this location here, it is very important to test soil across the community because we are having oil facilities traversing Ikarama community and other Niger Delta communities,” Bassey said.

    He recommended clean up of oil impacted areas as the people had been affected badly in oil spill cases in the Niger Delta region.

    Also, Mr Alagoa Morris, an environmentalist, said monitoring the environment demanded factual and evidence-based data collection, recording and reporting.

    He called on Shell and other oil companies to be proactive when such happened for the safety of the rural dwellers, and the aquatic lives that the people depended on.

    Mr Benjamin Enebiri, the owner of the fish farm where oil was coming from the ground, expressed sadness over the situation, calling on Shell to remediate his land.

    He said he invested over N600,000 to hire an excavator to dig the pond, regretting that all has become a waste of resources for him and his family.

    He called on Shell and other oil firms to always consider the needs of the rural people by providing them a standard hospital, because the people were dying from various ailments caused by oil exploration.

    NAN reports that the interactive segment of the training had the volunteers from the community share experiences on the adverse impacts of oil and gas exploration on their environments.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   Shell challenging jurisdiction of court in oil spill compensation suit Shell challenging jurisdiction of court in oil spill compensation suit Compensation By Nathan Nwakamma Yenagoa June 15 2022 22 2021 The Shell Petroleum Development Company SPDC has challenged the jurisdiction of a Federal High Court in Yenagoa to hear a N700 billion oil spill compensation suit filed by members of Aghoro I Community in Bayelsa The people of Aghoro I in Ekeremor Local Government Area LGA in Bayelsa dragged the SPDC to Federal High Court Yenagoa over a May 17 2018 oil leak from the oil firm s Trans Ramos Pipeline When the suit came up for hearing Counsel to SPDC Mr Michael Amadi told the court that the oil firm is challenging the jurisdiction to hear the case and appeal at the Court of Appeal He further urged the court to hands off the case pending the determination of the interlocutory appeal as demanded by the hierarchy of courts since the Court of Appeal was already adjudicating into SPDC s appeal Justice Isa Dashen noted that although the records as claimed by the defendant s counsel was before the court he is yet to go through He said that he was entitled to go through the court processes and records of the Court of Appeal before staying proceedings on the matter He adjourned until Oct 19 to enable and go through the processes filed before the court adding that he would await the decision of the appellate court as the rules demand The plaintiffs are Mr Victor Akamu Pastor Erebimienkumor Goddey Mrs Jane Alex Miss Edith George Mr Israel Tomonye and FASF Associates Ltd on behalf of Aghoro I community at Ekeremor LGA Bayelsa They are seeking redress for the damages caused by the oil spill and are claiming that the N33 49 million offered by SPDC was a far cry from the N700 billion claim based on impacted area damage assessment Listed as defendants in the suit are Shell Petroleum Development Company Shell International Exploration and Production BV Attorney General and Minister of Justice and Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Source NAN
    Shell challenging jurisdiction of court in oil spill compensation suit
      Shell challenging jurisdiction of court in oil spill compensation suit Shell challenging jurisdiction of court in oil spill compensation suit Compensation By Nathan Nwakamma Yenagoa June 15 2022 22 2021 The Shell Petroleum Development Company SPDC has challenged the jurisdiction of a Federal High Court in Yenagoa to hear a N700 billion oil spill compensation suit filed by members of Aghoro I Community in Bayelsa The people of Aghoro I in Ekeremor Local Government Area LGA in Bayelsa dragged the SPDC to Federal High Court Yenagoa over a May 17 2018 oil leak from the oil firm s Trans Ramos Pipeline When the suit came up for hearing Counsel to SPDC Mr Michael Amadi told the court that the oil firm is challenging the jurisdiction to hear the case and appeal at the Court of Appeal He further urged the court to hands off the case pending the determination of the interlocutory appeal as demanded by the hierarchy of courts since the Court of Appeal was already adjudicating into SPDC s appeal Justice Isa Dashen noted that although the records as claimed by the defendant s counsel was before the court he is yet to go through He said that he was entitled to go through the court processes and records of the Court of Appeal before staying proceedings on the matter He adjourned until Oct 19 to enable and go through the processes filed before the court adding that he would await the decision of the appellate court as the rules demand The plaintiffs are Mr Victor Akamu Pastor Erebimienkumor Goddey Mrs Jane Alex Miss Edith George Mr Israel Tomonye and FASF Associates Ltd on behalf of Aghoro I community at Ekeremor LGA Bayelsa They are seeking redress for the damages caused by the oil spill and are claiming that the N33 49 million offered by SPDC was a far cry from the N700 billion claim based on impacted area damage assessment Listed as defendants in the suit are Shell Petroleum Development Company Shell International Exploration and Production BV Attorney General and Minister of Justice and Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Source NAN
    Shell challenging jurisdiction of court in oil spill compensation suit
    General news4 months ago

    Shell challenging jurisdiction of court in oil spill compensation suit

    Shell challenging jurisdiction of court in oil spill compensation suit

    Shell challenging jurisdiction of court in oil spill compensation suit

    Compensation

    By Nathan Nwakamma

    Yenagoa, June 15, 2022 22, 2021 The Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) has challenged the jurisdiction of a Federal High Court in Yenagoa to hear a N700 billion oil spill compensation suit filed by members of Aghoro I Community in Bayelsa.

    The people of Aghoro I in Ekeremor Local Government Area (LGA) in Bayelsa dragged the SPDC to Federal High Court Yenagoa over a May 17, 2018 oil leak from the oil firm’s Trans Ramos Pipeline.

    When the suit came up for hearing, Counsel to SPDC , Mr Michael Amadi told the court that the oil firm is challenging the jurisdiction to hear the case and appeal at the Court of Appeal.

    He further urged the court to hands off the case pending the determination of the interlocutory appeal as demanded by the hierarchy of courts since the Court of Appeal was already adjudicating into SPDC’s appeal.

     Justice Isa Dashen noted that although the records as claimed by the defendant’s counsel was before the court, he is yet to go through.

    He said that he was entitled to go through the court processes and records of the Court of Appeal before staying proceedings on the matter.

    He adjourned until Oct. 19 to enable  and go through the processes filed before the court, adding that he would await the decision of the appellate court as the rules demand.

    The plaintiffs are Mr Victor Akamu, Pastor Erebimienkumor Goddey, Mrs Jane Alex, Miss Edith George, Mr Israel Tomonye and FASF Associates Ltd on behalf of Aghoro I community at Ekeremor LGA, Bayelsa.

    They are seeking redress for the damages caused by the oil spill and are claiming that the N33.49 million offered by SPDC was a far cry from the N700 billion claim based on impacted area damage assessment.

    Listed as defendants in the suit are, Shell Petroleum Development Company, Shell International Exploration and Production BV, Attorney-General and Minister of Justice and Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.

    Source: NAN

  •   Rear Admiral Aminu Hassan Commander Joint Task Force JTF South South Operation Delta Safe has said the fight against oil theft will continue until the criminals give up Hassan said this while giving a status report on his operation to curb oil theft and illegal refining activities in the region The report was delivered during an assessment tour organized by the National Petroleum Company Ltd NNPC at some illegal crude oil refining sites in Rivers The General Director of the Group NNPC Malam Mele Kyari and the Chief of the Defense Staff Division General were on the tour Lucky Irabor the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Chief Timipre Sylva and Mr Gbenga Komolafe Executive Director of the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission NUPRC among others Hassan said fighting oil theft was difficult due to the terrain but his men were determined to end illegal refining and oil theft in the country He described the JTF s work as a multi agency operation covering 10 states with the collaboration of 12 law enforcement agencies Hassan said there were many illegal refining camps in the country but clean up operations had begun to ensure they were not relocated after being destroyed The way we are working is the same way criminals involved in illegal refining are working but we are ahead of them Currently we are dedicated to mechanical cleaning storage tank dismantling and removal of intake points Many of the illegal refineries are down we will continue to take them offline They have a network of pipelines that pass through the bushes with typical reservoirs connected that in some cases continue to spill and waste The reservoirs have been destroyed if you don t destroy the tanks completely they will rebuild and continue he said According to Hassan the Trans Niger and Aferomu pipeline in Delta have been identified as critical areas and efforts are currently underway to clear them of oil thieves In Bayelsa the critical areas are the Okarki area the Igbabele and Ibinebiri communities the good news is that the Okarki area has been deactivated In Rivers within zone five we have the community of Ibaa which is critical after Shell Petroleum Development Company SPDC identified it as a priority area to start with There is also Gogokiri in Rivers but their illegal site has been neutralized he added He lamented that the task force lost a young officer in charge of three battalions in Warri Delta who was shot during one of their operations In some of the creeks and swampy areas if you start the trip in the morning you will arrive in the area in the afternoon that s how difficult the terrain can be When illegal refiners are pushed out of a particular area they will move to another area he said He called on community members to join the government and stakeholders in the fight against oil thieves adding that crude oil theft was on the rise due to the patronage they were getting from the people Hassan stressed the need for the government to take tougher measures to deal with illegal refineries He further said that the task force was talking with stakeholders about how criminals would be monitored with modern technology
    Oil Theft: JTF devices tougher measures to stop illegal refiners
      Rear Admiral Aminu Hassan Commander Joint Task Force JTF South South Operation Delta Safe has said the fight against oil theft will continue until the criminals give up Hassan said this while giving a status report on his operation to curb oil theft and illegal refining activities in the region The report was delivered during an assessment tour organized by the National Petroleum Company Ltd NNPC at some illegal crude oil refining sites in Rivers The General Director of the Group NNPC Malam Mele Kyari and the Chief of the Defense Staff Division General were on the tour Lucky Irabor the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Chief Timipre Sylva and Mr Gbenga Komolafe Executive Director of the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission NUPRC among others Hassan said fighting oil theft was difficult due to the terrain but his men were determined to end illegal refining and oil theft in the country He described the JTF s work as a multi agency operation covering 10 states with the collaboration of 12 law enforcement agencies Hassan said there were many illegal refining camps in the country but clean up operations had begun to ensure they were not relocated after being destroyed The way we are working is the same way criminals involved in illegal refining are working but we are ahead of them Currently we are dedicated to mechanical cleaning storage tank dismantling and removal of intake points Many of the illegal refineries are down we will continue to take them offline They have a network of pipelines that pass through the bushes with typical reservoirs connected that in some cases continue to spill and waste The reservoirs have been destroyed if you don t destroy the tanks completely they will rebuild and continue he said According to Hassan the Trans Niger and Aferomu pipeline in Delta have been identified as critical areas and efforts are currently underway to clear them of oil thieves In Bayelsa the critical areas are the Okarki area the Igbabele and Ibinebiri communities the good news is that the Okarki area has been deactivated In Rivers within zone five we have the community of Ibaa which is critical after Shell Petroleum Development Company SPDC identified it as a priority area to start with There is also Gogokiri in Rivers but their illegal site has been neutralized he added He lamented that the task force lost a young officer in charge of three battalions in Warri Delta who was shot during one of their operations In some of the creeks and swampy areas if you start the trip in the morning you will arrive in the area in the afternoon that s how difficult the terrain can be When illegal refiners are pushed out of a particular area they will move to another area he said He called on community members to join the government and stakeholders in the fight against oil thieves adding that crude oil theft was on the rise due to the patronage they were getting from the people Hassan stressed the need for the government to take tougher measures to deal with illegal refineries He further said that the task force was talking with stakeholders about how criminals would be monitored with modern technology
    Oil Theft: JTF devices tougher measures to stop illegal refiners
    General news6 months ago

    Oil Theft: JTF devices tougher measures to stop illegal refiners

    Rear Admiral Aminu Hassan, Commander, Joint Task Force (JTF), South-South, Operation Delta Safe, has said the fight against oil theft will continue until the criminals give up.

    Hassan said this while giving a status report on his operation to curb oil theft and illegal refining activities in the region.

    The report was delivered during an assessment tour organized by the National Petroleum Company Ltd. (NNPC) at some illegal crude oil refining sites in Rivers.

    The General Director of the Group, NNPC, Malam Mele Kyari, and the Chief of the Defense Staff, Division General, were on the tour. Lucky Irabor, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, and Mr. Gbenga Komolafe, Executive Director of the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC), among others.

    Hassan said fighting oil theft was difficult due to the terrain, but his men were determined to end illegal refining and oil theft in the country.

    He described the JTF's work as a multi-agency operation covering 10 states with the collaboration of 12 law enforcement agencies.

    Hassan said there were many illegal refining camps in the country, but clean-up operations had begun to ensure they were not relocated after being destroyed.

    “The way we are working is the same way criminals involved in illegal refining are working, but we are ahead of them.

    “Currently we are dedicated to mechanical cleaning, storage tank dismantling and removal of intake points.

    “Many of the illegal refineries are down, we will continue to take them offline; They have a network of pipelines that pass through the bushes with typical reservoirs connected that in some cases continue to spill and waste.

    "The reservoirs have been destroyed, if you don't destroy the tanks completely they will rebuild and continue," he said.

    According to Hassan, the Trans Niger and Aferomu pipeline in Delta have been identified as critical areas and efforts are currently underway to clear them of oil thieves.

    “In Bayelsa, the critical areas are the Okarki area, the Igbabele and Ibinebiri communities; the good news is that the Okarki area has been deactivated.

    “In Rivers, within zone five, we have the community of Ibaa, which is critical after Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) identified it as a priority area to start with.

    "There is also Gogokiri in Rivers, but their illegal site has been neutralized," he added.

    He lamented that the task force lost a young officer in charge of three battalions in Warri, Delta, who was shot during one of their operations.

    ”In some of the creeks and swampy areas, if you start the trip in the morning, you will arrive in the area in the afternoon; that's how difficult the terrain can be.

    "When illegal refiners are pushed out of a particular area, they will move to another area," he said.

    He called on community members to join the government and stakeholders in the fight against oil thieves, adding that crude oil theft was on the rise due to the patronage they were getting from the people.

    Hassan stressed the need for the government to take tougher measures to deal with illegal refineries.

    He further said that the task force was talking with stakeholders about how criminals would be monitored with modern technology.

  •   Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited NNPC Ltd kicked off the week with a move to address the challenges of gas flaring in the country NNPC Group Managing Director Chief Executive Officer GMD CEO Malam Mele Kyari during a panel session at the Nigerian International Energy Summit NIES 2022 just concluded in Abuja said that part of the strategies would be guarantee that any project proposal without clear plans to commercialize or deplete its associated gas would no longer be approved He said gas utilization was a top priority for both the federal government and NNPC as efforts were underway to build infrastructure to replace current fuel and diesel in the country s factories with gas which is a source of energy more clean Kyari commented that the trend was in step with the global reality of the energy transition However he emphasized that Nigeria as a country needed all the hydrocarbons of today to build the energy of tomorrow In his main message the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Chief Timipre Sylva said that the Ministry of Petroleum Resources was ready to provide the necessary framework and support for a smooth energy transition in the country NNPC GMD CEO Malam Mele KyariAlso speaking at the event a former Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Dr Ibe Kachikwu said that focusing on accelerating oil production refining in the country developing a flow of finance and taking advantage of the Petroleum Industry Act Petroleum PIA were some of the solutions to the current challenges of the industry He advised that gas should be seen as a transition fuel with an estimated useful life of 20 years adding that industry players should start looking at alternative sources of energy such as solar and wind to catch up with the world before 2060 Other panelists including the Managing Directors of Chevron SPDC Exxon Mobil the Deputy Managing Director of Total Energies and the General Manager of NLNG expressed their commitment to the Federal Government s energy transition aspiration while indicating their willingness to partner with NNPC for better business opportunities Speaking at the CEO roundtable session with the sub theme Strategies to meet the energy transition Kyari said that a key strategy to address the energy transition challenge was to increase investment in physical infrastructure development This he said would bring electricity to end users in all parts of the country We know that in this country less than 30 000 to 40 000 megawatts of electricity cannot adequately serve this country The population is growing the middle class is growing in fact their energy requirement is very different rural urban migration is at its peak This means that more and more infrastructure is needed on the ground to close that gap So we need to be much more productive industrial growth needs to be accelerated infrastructure needs to be put in place in the short term to grow the economy to a level where we can generate enough income to close the energy poverty gap We must respond to the issue of electricity in the country Kyari said Meanwhile President Muhammadu Buhari has called on energy industry investors to take advantage of the enabling environment provided by the Power Industry Act PIA to accelerate investment in Nigeria s energy sector Speaking at the opening of the recently concluded NIES 2022 the president said that with the PIA underway there should be no excuse for the country s oil industry players not to deepen their investments especially in the gas sector The president who was representing the State for Petroleum Resources Chief Timipre Sylva pointed out that the world was moving away from fossil fuels Buhari said it would be in the country s interest to speed up its exploitation of fossil fuels and make good use of the resources for the betterment of the country rather than abandoning the huge oil and gas reserves He recognized the demands of the energy transition and assured that the country is prepared to face the challenges Speaking in his capacity as Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Sylva said the world should support a push to develop African natural gas production describing it as green energy to boost electricity generation Boss Timipre SylvaSylva explained that for countries like Nigeria which was rich in natural resources but still poor in energy the transition should not come at the expense of affordable and reliable energy for people cities and industry For his part NNPC CEO Kyari said the company will continue to develop Nigeria s gas resources despite the departure of International Oil Companies IOC from the country due to the global push for energy transition and carbon target net zero On the energy transition Kyari said that the NNPC would work with its partners to facilitate the process in Nigeria regardless of the massive drop in investment in fossil fuel projects amid the departure of IOCs from Nigeria The head of NNPC stated that Nigeria and most sub Saharan African countries were energy deficient He said that the world had recognized the place of gas as a transition fuel and stressed that it would not be possible for gas to play that role unless there were investments in the gas sector to produce it process it and make it available to users It reported that funding for fossil fuel projects had dropped by a percentage compared to what it was about 10 years ago Also the secretary general of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries OPEC Dr Sanusi Barkindo and other African energy ministers present at the summit defended investments in fossil fuels They insisted that the global push for the energy transition to net zero carbon emissions was not in favor of Africa They argued that Africa accounted for less than three percent of global carbon emissions while some 600 million Africans had no access to electricity and stressed that stopping fossil fuel investments in Africa would be counterproductive Still in the week under review NNPC Ltd signed a multi million dollar Gas Sales Agreement GSA with its partners The partners are Shell Petroleum Development Company SPDC Total Energies ENI and Gas Aggregation Company of Nigeria GACN The goal is to deliver 70 million standard cubic feet mscf of gas to Dangote Fertilizer Limited for fertilizer production and support the Federal Government s aspiration to boost agricultural development in Nigeria Speaking at the signing ceremony in Abuja NNPC CEO GMD Malam Mele Kyari said the milestone of delivering such a huge volume of gas to Dangote Fertilizer Plant Train 2 was part of the company s push to ensure a increased use of gas in the country He stressed that the initiative would boost the supply of gas to the domestic market in line with the Federal Government s plan to transform Nigeria into a self sufficient nation in fertilizer production Signing of gas supply agreement between NNPC Dangote Shell and other partnersIn his remarks the President CEO of Dangote Group Mr Aliko Dangote said that the execution of the gas sale agreement would not only help meet the supply of fertilizers in the domestic market but also attract around 1 8 billion foreign currency to the country He praised NNPC GMD for its visionary leadership that led to the project upgrade noting that with GSA Nigeria would soon become the world s seventh largest fertilizer producer and second in Africa behind Egypt For his part the President of Shell Companies in Nigeria Managing Director of Shell Petroleum Development Company SPDC Nigeria Mr Osagie Okunbor thanked the effort of NNPC GMD and other partners and described it as the fastest executed GSA in the recent history Also in the week the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Timipre Sylva expressed his satisfaction with all the measures implemented so far the Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority NMDPRA and the NNPC were limited to reducing the current interruption of the fuel supply in the country an end Saying this when briefed by NNPC Limited GMD CEO Malam Mele Kyari and Authority Executive Director Mr Farouk Ahmed on the various measures put in place to end the PMS shortage Sylva praised the CEOs of the two agencies and she expressed her confidence in his ability to control the situation Describing the situation as an accident the Minister pledged his support to the NNPC and the Authority while appealing to consumers to be patient as they were all working to end the supply disruption Meanwhile Chairman of the Board of Directors NNPC Limited Senator Margery Chuba Okadigbo expressed confidence in the ability of the current NNPC management to take the company to greater heights Speaking on the sidelines of the recently concluded NIES 2022 Senator Okadigbo said that PIA had placed NNPC in a position of global competitiveness adding that Kyari the GMD CEO has demonstrated the ability to transform the company into a world class energy company world Visit us at for more details
    NNPC Weekly: Gas flaring to end soon as company introduces new approval method
      Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited NNPC Ltd kicked off the week with a move to address the challenges of gas flaring in the country NNPC Group Managing Director Chief Executive Officer GMD CEO Malam Mele Kyari during a panel session at the Nigerian International Energy Summit NIES 2022 just concluded in Abuja said that part of the strategies would be guarantee that any project proposal without clear plans to commercialize or deplete its associated gas would no longer be approved He said gas utilization was a top priority for both the federal government and NNPC as efforts were underway to build infrastructure to replace current fuel and diesel in the country s factories with gas which is a source of energy more clean Kyari commented that the trend was in step with the global reality of the energy transition However he emphasized that Nigeria as a country needed all the hydrocarbons of today to build the energy of tomorrow In his main message the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Chief Timipre Sylva said that the Ministry of Petroleum Resources was ready to provide the necessary framework and support for a smooth energy transition in the country NNPC GMD CEO Malam Mele KyariAlso speaking at the event a former Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Dr Ibe Kachikwu said that focusing on accelerating oil production refining in the country developing a flow of finance and taking advantage of the Petroleum Industry Act Petroleum PIA were some of the solutions to the current challenges of the industry He advised that gas should be seen as a transition fuel with an estimated useful life of 20 years adding that industry players should start looking at alternative sources of energy such as solar and wind to catch up with the world before 2060 Other panelists including the Managing Directors of Chevron SPDC Exxon Mobil the Deputy Managing Director of Total Energies and the General Manager of NLNG expressed their commitment to the Federal Government s energy transition aspiration while indicating their willingness to partner with NNPC for better business opportunities Speaking at the CEO roundtable session with the sub theme Strategies to meet the energy transition Kyari said that a key strategy to address the energy transition challenge was to increase investment in physical infrastructure development This he said would bring electricity to end users in all parts of the country We know that in this country less than 30 000 to 40 000 megawatts of electricity cannot adequately serve this country The population is growing the middle class is growing in fact their energy requirement is very different rural urban migration is at its peak This means that more and more infrastructure is needed on the ground to close that gap So we need to be much more productive industrial growth needs to be accelerated infrastructure needs to be put in place in the short term to grow the economy to a level where we can generate enough income to close the energy poverty gap We must respond to the issue of electricity in the country Kyari said Meanwhile President Muhammadu Buhari has called on energy industry investors to take advantage of the enabling environment provided by the Power Industry Act PIA to accelerate investment in Nigeria s energy sector Speaking at the opening of the recently concluded NIES 2022 the president said that with the PIA underway there should be no excuse for the country s oil industry players not to deepen their investments especially in the gas sector The president who was representing the State for Petroleum Resources Chief Timipre Sylva pointed out that the world was moving away from fossil fuels Buhari said it would be in the country s interest to speed up its exploitation of fossil fuels and make good use of the resources for the betterment of the country rather than abandoning the huge oil and gas reserves He recognized the demands of the energy transition and assured that the country is prepared to face the challenges Speaking in his capacity as Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Sylva said the world should support a push to develop African natural gas production describing it as green energy to boost electricity generation Boss Timipre SylvaSylva explained that for countries like Nigeria which was rich in natural resources but still poor in energy the transition should not come at the expense of affordable and reliable energy for people cities and industry For his part NNPC CEO Kyari said the company will continue to develop Nigeria s gas resources despite the departure of International Oil Companies IOC from the country due to the global push for energy transition and carbon target net zero On the energy transition Kyari said that the NNPC would work with its partners to facilitate the process in Nigeria regardless of the massive drop in investment in fossil fuel projects amid the departure of IOCs from Nigeria The head of NNPC stated that Nigeria and most sub Saharan African countries were energy deficient He said that the world had recognized the place of gas as a transition fuel and stressed that it would not be possible for gas to play that role unless there were investments in the gas sector to produce it process it and make it available to users It reported that funding for fossil fuel projects had dropped by a percentage compared to what it was about 10 years ago Also the secretary general of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries OPEC Dr Sanusi Barkindo and other African energy ministers present at the summit defended investments in fossil fuels They insisted that the global push for the energy transition to net zero carbon emissions was not in favor of Africa They argued that Africa accounted for less than three percent of global carbon emissions while some 600 million Africans had no access to electricity and stressed that stopping fossil fuel investments in Africa would be counterproductive Still in the week under review NNPC Ltd signed a multi million dollar Gas Sales Agreement GSA with its partners The partners are Shell Petroleum Development Company SPDC Total Energies ENI and Gas Aggregation Company of Nigeria GACN The goal is to deliver 70 million standard cubic feet mscf of gas to Dangote Fertilizer Limited for fertilizer production and support the Federal Government s aspiration to boost agricultural development in Nigeria Speaking at the signing ceremony in Abuja NNPC CEO GMD Malam Mele Kyari said the milestone of delivering such a huge volume of gas to Dangote Fertilizer Plant Train 2 was part of the company s push to ensure a increased use of gas in the country He stressed that the initiative would boost the supply of gas to the domestic market in line with the Federal Government s plan to transform Nigeria into a self sufficient nation in fertilizer production Signing of gas supply agreement between NNPC Dangote Shell and other partnersIn his remarks the President CEO of Dangote Group Mr Aliko Dangote said that the execution of the gas sale agreement would not only help meet the supply of fertilizers in the domestic market but also attract around 1 8 billion foreign currency to the country He praised NNPC GMD for its visionary leadership that led to the project upgrade noting that with GSA Nigeria would soon become the world s seventh largest fertilizer producer and second in Africa behind Egypt For his part the President of Shell Companies in Nigeria Managing Director of Shell Petroleum Development Company SPDC Nigeria Mr Osagie Okunbor thanked the effort of NNPC GMD and other partners and described it as the fastest executed GSA in the recent history Also in the week the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Timipre Sylva expressed his satisfaction with all the measures implemented so far the Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority NMDPRA and the NNPC were limited to reducing the current interruption of the fuel supply in the country an end Saying this when briefed by NNPC Limited GMD CEO Malam Mele Kyari and Authority Executive Director Mr Farouk Ahmed on the various measures put in place to end the PMS shortage Sylva praised the CEOs of the two agencies and she expressed her confidence in his ability to control the situation Describing the situation as an accident the Minister pledged his support to the NNPC and the Authority while appealing to consumers to be patient as they were all working to end the supply disruption Meanwhile Chairman of the Board of Directors NNPC Limited Senator Margery Chuba Okadigbo expressed confidence in the ability of the current NNPC management to take the company to greater heights Speaking on the sidelines of the recently concluded NIES 2022 Senator Okadigbo said that PIA had placed NNPC in a position of global competitiveness adding that Kyari the GMD CEO has demonstrated the ability to transform the company into a world class energy company world Visit us at for more details
    NNPC Weekly: Gas flaring to end soon as company introduces new approval method
    General news7 months ago

    NNPC Weekly: Gas flaring to end soon as company introduces new approval method

    Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC Ltd.) kicked off the week with a move to address the challenges of gas flaring in the country.

    NNPC Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer (GMD/CEO), Malam Mele Kyari, during a panel session at the Nigerian International Energy Summit (NIES 2022) just concluded in Abuja, said that part of the strategies would be guarantee that any project proposal without clear plans to commercialize or deplete its associated gas would no longer be approved.

    He said gas utilization was a top priority for both the federal government and NNPC as efforts were underway to build infrastructure to replace current fuel and diesel in the country's factories with gas, which is a source of energy. more clean.

    Kyari commented that the trend was in step with the global reality of the energy transition.

    However, he emphasized that Nigeria as a country needed all the hydrocarbons of today to build the energy of tomorrow.

    In his main message, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, said that the Ministry of Petroleum Resources was ready to provide the necessary framework and support for a smooth energy transition in the country.

    NNPC GMD/CEO, Malam Mele Kyari

    Also speaking at the event, a former Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, said that focusing on accelerating oil production, refining in the country, developing a flow of finance and taking advantage of the Petroleum Industry Act Petroleum (PIA) were some of the solutions. to the current challenges of the industry.

    He advised that gas should be seen as a transition fuel with an estimated useful life of 20 years, adding that industry players should start looking at alternative sources of energy, such as solar and wind, to catch up with the world before 2060.

    Other panelists, including the Managing Directors of Chevron, SPDC, Exxon Mobil, the Deputy Managing Director of Total Energies, and the General Manager of NLNG, expressed their commitment to the Federal Government's energy transition aspiration, while indicating their willingness to partner. with NNPC for better business opportunities.

    Speaking at the CEO roundtable session with the sub-theme: “Strategies to meet the energy transition”, Kyari said that a key strategy to address the energy transition challenge was to increase investment in physical infrastructure development.

    This, he said, would bring electricity to end users in all parts of the country.

    “We know that in this country, less than 30,000 to 40,000 megawatts of electricity cannot adequately serve this country.

    “The population is growing, the middle class is growing, in fact, their energy requirement is very different; rural-urban migration is at its peak.

    “This means that more and more infrastructure is needed on the ground to close that gap.

    “So we need to be much more productive, industrial growth needs to be accelerated, infrastructure needs to be put in place in the short term to grow the economy to a level where we can generate enough income to close the energy poverty gap.

    "We must respond to the issue of electricity in the country," Kyari said.

    Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has called on energy industry investors to take advantage of the enabling environment provided by the Power Industry Act (PIA) to accelerate investment in Nigeria's energy sector.

    Speaking at the opening of the recently concluded NIES 2022, the president said that with the PIA underway, there should be no excuse for the country's oil industry players not to deepen their investments, especially in the gas sector.

    The president, who was representing the State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, pointed out that the world was moving away from fossil fuels.

    Buhari said it would be in the country's interest to speed up its exploitation of fossil fuels and make good use of the resources for the betterment of the country rather than abandoning the huge oil and gas reserves.

    He recognized the demands of the energy transition and assured that the country is prepared to face the challenges.

    Speaking in his capacity as Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Sylva said the world should support a push to develop African natural gas production, describing it as green energy to boost electricity generation.

    Boss Timipre Sylva

    Sylva explained that for countries like Nigeria, which was rich in natural resources but still poor in energy, the transition should not come at the expense of affordable and reliable energy for people, cities and industry.

    For his part, NNPC CEO Kyari said the company will continue to develop Nigeria's gas resources despite the departure of International Oil Companies (IOC) from the country due to the global push for energy transition and carbon target. net zero.

    On the energy transition, Kyari said that the NNPC would work with its partners to facilitate the process in Nigeria, regardless of the massive drop in investment in fossil fuel projects amid the departure of IOCs from Nigeria.

    The head of NNPC stated that Nigeria and most sub-Saharan African countries were energy deficient.

    He said that the world had recognized the place of gas as a transition fuel, and stressed that it would not be possible for gas to play that role unless there were investments in the gas sector to produce it, process it and make it available to users.

    It reported that funding for fossil fuel projects had dropped by a percentage compared to what it was about 10 years ago.

    Also, the secretary general of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Dr. Sanusi Barkindo, and other African energy ministers present at the summit defended investments in fossil fuels.

    They insisted that the global push for the energy transition to net zero carbon emissions was not in favor of Africa.

    They argued that Africa accounted for less than three percent of global carbon emissions, while some 600 million Africans had no access to electricity, and stressed that stopping fossil fuel investments in Africa would be counterproductive.

    Still in the week under review, NNPC Ltd. signed a multi-million dollar Gas Sales Agreement (GSA) with its partners.

    The partners are Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), Total Energies, ENI and Gas Aggregation Company of Nigeria (GACN).

    The goal is to deliver 70 million standard cubic feet (mscf) of gas to Dangote Fertilizer Limited for fertilizer production and support the Federal Government's aspiration to boost agricultural development in Nigeria.

    Speaking at the signing ceremony in Abuja, NNPC CEO/GMD Malam Mele Kyari said the milestone of delivering such a huge volume of gas to Dangote Fertilizer Plant Train 2 was part of the company's push to ensure a increased use of gas in the country.

    He stressed that the initiative would boost the supply of gas to the domestic market in line with the Federal Government's plan to transform Nigeria into a self-sufficient nation in fertilizer production.

    Signing of gas supply agreement between NNPC, Dangote, Shell and other partners

    In his remarks, the President/CEO of Dangote Group, Mr. Aliko Dangote, said that the execution of the gas sale agreement would not only help meet the supply of fertilizers in the domestic market, but also attract around $ 1.8 billion foreign currency to the country.

    He praised NNPC GMD for its visionary leadership that led to the project upgrade, noting that with GSA, Nigeria would soon become the world's seventh largest fertilizer producer and second in Africa behind Egypt.

    For his part, the President of Shell Companies in Nigeria/Managing Director of Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) Nigeria, Mr. Osagie Okunbor, thanked the effort of NNPC GMD and other partners and described it as the fastest executed GSA in the recent history.

    Also in the week, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, expressed his satisfaction with all the measures implemented so far, the Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) and the NNPC were limited to reducing the current interruption of the fuel supply in the country. an end.

    Saying this when briefed by NNPC Limited GMD/CEO Malam Mele Kyari and Authority Executive Director Mr. Farouk Ahmed on the various measures put in place to end the PMS shortage, Sylva praised the CEOs of the two agencies. and she expressed her confidence in his ability to control the situation.

    Describing the situation as an accident, the Minister pledged his support to the NNPC and the Authority while appealing to consumers to be patient as they were all working to end the supply disruption.

    Meanwhile, Chairman of the Board of Directors, NNPC Limited Senator Margery Chuba Okadigbo expressed confidence in the ability of the current NNPC management to take the company to greater heights.

    Speaking on the sidelines of the recently concluded NIES 2022, Senator Okadigbo said that PIA had placed NNPC in a position of global competitiveness, adding that Kyari, the GMD/CEO has demonstrated the ability to transform the company into a world-class energy company. world. .

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  •  Grace Orife CEO of Adelaar Energy active member of various industry groups and societies including Women in Energy Nigeria SPE Nigeria She currently sits on the SPE Africa Advisory Council she is the latest addition to the AEC board www EnergyChamber org With 21 years of experience in the oil and gas industry Adelaar Energy Limited CEO Grace Orife has joined the African Energy Chamber AEC as its latest board member A seasoned energy economist and strategist with over 21 years of multifunctional experience of which 19 years spent in the oil and gas industry Orife brings her invaluable knowledge experience and insights to the AEC Grace began her consulting career at Price Water CooperHouse PWC before moving on to Shell Exploration and Production Company in Cameroon and later Shell Petroleum Development Company SPDC in Nigeria After Shell she worked at Addax Petroleum Development Company and Eroton Exploration and Production Company Limited as Manager of Corporate Planning Economics and Strategy Grace is currently the CEO of Adelaar Energy a full flow energy exploration and production company operating in engineering procurement consulting and services I am delighted to welcome Grace Orife as the latest board member of the African Chamber of Energy She is a strategic thinker and creative leader with a track record of success integrating business functions and establishing mentoring and managing teams to achieve supervisory business results She will be an asset to our team says NJ Ayk president of the African Chamber of Energy Grace has a comprehensive education that started at the University of Buea in Cameroon with a BSC in Accounting She is an alumna of Warwick Business School s MBA program in the UK and is currently pursuing her PhD at the International School of Management in Paris France She is an active member of various industry groups and societies including Women in Energy Nigeria SPE Nigeria She currently sits on the SPE Africa Advisory Council Grace is also a fitness enthusiast with a passion for Formula One racing nbsp
    Adelaar Energy CEO Joins African Energy Chamber as Board Member
     Grace Orife CEO of Adelaar Energy active member of various industry groups and societies including Women in Energy Nigeria SPE Nigeria She currently sits on the SPE Africa Advisory Council she is the latest addition to the AEC board www EnergyChamber org With 21 years of experience in the oil and gas industry Adelaar Energy Limited CEO Grace Orife has joined the African Energy Chamber AEC as its latest board member A seasoned energy economist and strategist with over 21 years of multifunctional experience of which 19 years spent in the oil and gas industry Orife brings her invaluable knowledge experience and insights to the AEC Grace began her consulting career at Price Water CooperHouse PWC before moving on to Shell Exploration and Production Company in Cameroon and later Shell Petroleum Development Company SPDC in Nigeria After Shell she worked at Addax Petroleum Development Company and Eroton Exploration and Production Company Limited as Manager of Corporate Planning Economics and Strategy Grace is currently the CEO of Adelaar Energy a full flow energy exploration and production company operating in engineering procurement consulting and services I am delighted to welcome Grace Orife as the latest board member of the African Chamber of Energy She is a strategic thinker and creative leader with a track record of success integrating business functions and establishing mentoring and managing teams to achieve supervisory business results She will be an asset to our team says NJ Ayk president of the African Chamber of Energy Grace has a comprehensive education that started at the University of Buea in Cameroon with a BSC in Accounting She is an alumna of Warwick Business School s MBA program in the UK and is currently pursuing her PhD at the International School of Management in Paris France She is an active member of various industry groups and societies including Women in Energy Nigeria SPE Nigeria She currently sits on the SPE Africa Advisory Council Grace is also a fitness enthusiast with a passion for Formula One racing nbsp
    Adelaar Energy CEO Joins African Energy Chamber as Board Member
    Africa7 months ago

    Adelaar Energy CEO Joins African Energy Chamber as Board Member

    Grace Orife, CEO of Adelaar Energy, active member of various industry groups and societies including Women in Energy Nigeria, SPE Nigeria. She currently sits on the SPE Africa Advisory Council, she is the latest addition to the AEC board (www.EnergyChamber.org).With 21 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, Adelaar Energy Limited CEO Grace Orife has joined the African Energy Chamber (AEC) as its latest board member. A seasoned energy economist and strategist with over 21 years of multifunctional experience, of which 19 years spent in the oil and gas industry, Orife brings her invaluable knowledge, experience and insights to the AEC.Grace began her consulting career at Price Water CooperHouse (PWC), before moving on to Shell Exploration and Production Company in Cameroon and later Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) in Nigeria. After Shell, she worked at Addax Petroleum Development Company and Eroton Exploration and Production Company Limited as Manager of Corporate Planning, Economics and Strategy.Grace is currently the CEO of Adelaar Energy, a full-flow energy exploration and production company operating in engineering, procurement, consulting and services.“I am delighted to welcome Grace Orife as the latest board member of the African Chamber of Energy. She is a strategic thinker and creative leader with a track record of success integrating business functions and establishing, mentoring, and managing teams to achieve supervisory business results. She will be an asset to our team,” says NJ Ayk, president of the African Chamber of Energy.Grace has a comprehensive education that started at the University of Buea in Cameroon with a BSC in Accounting. She is an alumna of Warwick Business School's MBA program in the UK and is currently pursuing her PhD at the International School of Management in Paris, France.She is an active member of various industry groups and societies including Women in Energy Nigeria, SPE Nigeria. She currently sits on the SPE Africa Advisory Council.Grace is also a fitness enthusiast with a passion for Formula One racing.