Shell Nigeria records 36,000 barrels spill in 1995, most sabotage

Nov 20, 1996 01:00 AM

Shell's Nigerian operation said it recorded about 36,000 barrels of oil spillage in the course of its operations last year. Brian Anderson, managing director of the company, told an oil seminar in the south-eastern city of Port Harcourt that 60 % of spillage was due to sabotage for the purpose of claiming compensation. Oil spillage is common in Nigeria where multinational oil companies accuse communities in the oil-producing areas of damaging their pipelines in order to claim compensations. The communities in turn accuse the companies of failing to replace ageing flowlines and pipelines which tend to cause spillage. Anderson said 30 % of the spill occurred during operations, while the rest was due to the corrosion of ageing facilities. Since 1992 Shell has begun to take steps to reduce the volume of oil spillage to the barest minimum. The measures, included upgrading old flowstations and export terminals, replacement of flowlines older than 15 years, carrying out remedial action before leaks occurred and quicker response to spills.

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