Community & Environment

Oil production set to begin in Ogoni by October

May 19, 2019

Amid resistance, crude oil production will commence in Ogoni area of OML 11, as the Presidency recently directed the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation/Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) to takeover operations from Shell. The Ogoni re-entry plan, which the Movement of the Survival of the Ogoni Peoples, activists and elders vowed to resist, will be funded…

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Gunmen kidnap 5 oil workers in Rivers state

May 17, 2019

Five oil workers were on Tuesday kidnapped by gunmen within the Oil Mining Lease (OML) -55 operated by an indigenous oil company, Belemaoil Producing Limited in Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers. Confirming the development, the Rivers State Police Command said all hands were on deck to ensure the unconditional release of the workers. The…

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FG says Ogoni cleanup contractors to begin work next Wednesday

May 15, 2019

The Federal Government on Tuesday announced that the cleanup of Ogoniland would start with the handing over of the polluted sites to contractors next Wednesday. It said the move would ensure effective commencement of the remediation process and insisted that the Ogoni cleanup was expected to be executed with the right specification within the time…

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IOCs, others raise alarm as vandalism, oil theft increase in Niger Delta region

May 14, 2019

There are indications that Nigeria has lost significant oil as a result of increasing pipeline vandalism and oil theft in the Nigeria Delta. Investigation by Vanguardover the weekend showed that many oil companies, including the International Oil Companies, IOCs and indigenous producers have been affected. For instance, the latest report obtained from Shell Petroleum Development…

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Local pipeline surveillance contractors urge NNPC to pay 17 month arrears

May 6, 2019

Indigenous pipeline surveillance contractors attached to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), at the weekend, urged management of the corporation to pay their 17 months salary allowance. The contractors are specifically in charge of protecting Nigerian Pipeline and Storage Company (NPSC) system 2C pipelines carrying crude from refinery in Warri, Delta State through Edo and Kogi…

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Protesters block Aiteo’s Nembe oil facility

May 6, 2019

Protesters in Nigeria’s Nembe region barricaded the logistics base of oil company Aiteo on Sunday and briefly disrupted its operations, the company said. Aiteo had just reopened its Nembe Creek Trunkline, which exports Bonny Light crude oil, earlier in the week after a fire sparked by theft from the pipeline forced its closure. Aiteo said…

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Kidnapped Shell workers freed

May 2, 2019

The Rivers State Police Command on Wednesday confirmed the release of two employees of Shell Petroleum Development who were kidnapped by gunmen last Thursday. The state Police Public Relations Officer, Nnamdi Omoni, told our correspondent that the workers, who were abducted in the Emohua Local Government Area, regained their freedom around 3am on Tuesday. Omoni…

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Dutch court rules it has jurisdiction to hear case against Shell brought by widows of hanged Nigeria activists

May 1, 2019

The District Court of The Hague today issued an interim ruling in the case brought by Esther Kiobel and three other women with regard to Shell’s involvement in the unlawful arrest, detention and execution of their husbands by the Nigerian military. The court ruled in favour of the plaintiffs, that the court does have jurisdiction…

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Chevron confirms oil well fire incident, takes active steps to extinguish it

Apr 29, 2019

Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL), operator of the joint venture (JV) between the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and CNL (NNPC/CNL JV) confirms that at about 10:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, 2019, a fire was observed at the Ojumole Well No. 1, an idle and plugged well with no flowline connected to it. Ojumole field…

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JTF destroys biggest illegal oil refineries in Delta

Apr 28, 2019

Operatives of the Joint Task Force (JTF) code-named Operation Delta Safe (OPDS) have destroyed, what is considered as the biggest operated illegal refineries covering over 20 kilometres, located between Ogevugbe and Otujeremi in Ughelli North Local Government area of Delta State. The illegal refineries operated by different oil thieves forming clusters in their operations, according…

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