Community & Environment

OPTS disputes Nigeria’s daily crude oil theft figures

Aug 22, 2013

Members of the Oil Producers Trade Section (OPTS) have said the current figures bandied around as Nigeria’s daily crude oil loss to theft, owing to illegal bunkering activities in the Niger Delta region was inaccurate. It said  Wednesday in Abuja that Nigeria’s actual crude oil loss to theft had for a while hovered around 49,000…

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Navy parades four suspected pirates in Lagos

Aug 21, 2013

The Nigerian Navy on Tuesday paraded four suspected sea robbers who had allegedly hijacked a barge (huge boat) MV Crow, on August 14, 2013 at Escravos River located on the Gulf of Guinea. The PUNCH had reported that the men of the Nigerian Navy killed some sea robbers during a 30-minute gun duel on August…

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NNPC, oil majors urged to bury pipelines deeper to check oil theft

Aug 20, 2013

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and multinational oil companies operating in Nigeria’s oil and gas industry have been urged to bury the pipelines deeply underground, to make them inaccessible to oil thieves and vandals. Stakeholders at the recent community-focused conference on ‘Oil Theft and Illegal Oil Bunkering’, organised by the office of the Special…

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Navy engages and kills 12 pirates in Delta State

Aug 20, 2013

In an operation that was confirmed as the first direct confrontation between the men of the Nigerian Navy and pirates operating along the nation’s waterways in recent time, 12 pirates were feared killed by a naval team, during a rescue operation on a hijacked oil vessel in Forcados in Delta State. It was gathered that…

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Chevron, Bayelsa community disagree over spills

Aug 19, 2013

Controversy is trailing the oil and gas spills which occurred about a month ago at the Funiwa Field of Chevron Nigeria Limited, CNL, in Koluama One and Two in South Ijaw Local Government of Bayelsa State. Chevron’s General Manager, Policy, Government and Public Affairs, Deji Haastrup in a statement made available yesterday to Sunday Mirror…

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Shell lobbied for weapons which may have fallen into the possession of militants – Report

Aug 19, 2013

Shell lobbied the government to send millions of pounds of weapons to Nigeria that may have fallen into the hands of militants guilty of human rights abuses, a report has warned. Oil theft in Nigeria cost Shell some £160million in its last set of quarterly results and the Anglo-Dutch firm has sought Government help to…

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Four Thais released after kidnap ordeal in Nigeria

Aug 19, 2013

Four Thais held in an apparent ransom kidnapping in Nigeria have been freed unharmed, a spokesman for the kingdom’s foreign ministry in Bangkok said Saturday. A gang of armed kidnappers seized the four Thais and two Nigerians on a waterway while they were on their way to work at a state-owned fish farm in the…

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Negative oil activities have caused N160 trillion environmental devastation in Niger Delta – Kuku

Aug 16, 2013

The Federal Government, yesterday, said it will cost about N160 trillion ($1 trillion) to restore the environment in the Niger Delta, following the devastation brought upon the region by crude theft, illegal bunkering and oil exploration activities. Speaking at a conference on Oil Theft and Illegal Bunkering in the Niger Delta, in Lagos, Special Adviser…

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Offshore supply vessel operations face increased piracy threats off Nigeria

Aug 15, 2013

Offshore supply vessel operations off Nigeria will continue to face increased threats from maritime criminals engaged in cargo theft, robbery and kidnapping in the years to come according to a report by a security consultancy firm, Bergen Risk Solutions. The report, which covered a 12-month period ending on August 1, revealed that  Offshore Supply Vessels…

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Navy arrests grounded crude oil barge, tug boat, 6 suspects

Aug 15, 2013

Officers and ratings of Central Command of the Nigerian Navy have arrested the grounded crude oil laden barge in the St. Nicholas River on the Brass Island and the crew of a tug boat accused of trying to pull the barge and its alleged stolen content in Bayelsa State. The Brass-Akassa corridor on the Atlantic…

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