Community & Environment

Nigeria sees oil thefts soar as militancy kept in check

Jun 5, 2019

Just as Nigeria gets to grips with militants who brought the nation’s oil industry to its knees a few years ago, another group of longstanding foes are slowly making a comeback: thieves. Saboteurs including thieves caused an 80% increase in the number of spills in 2018, Royal Dutch Shell Plc, the largest international producer in…

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NDDC vows to complete power projects in Ikwere, others

Jun 5, 2019

The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) says it will soon complete ongoing pilot power projects built for communities in Rivers. The commission listed Ubima community and several other unnamed communities in Ikwerre Local Government Area (LGA) as communities to benefit from the power project. NDDC’s Managing Director, Prof. Nelson Brambaifa, disclosed this in a statement…

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Nigeria making moves to reduce fuel sulphur cap

May 31, 2019

There are strong indications that Nigeria is moving in the direction to cut the level of sulphur allowed in imported fuels this year. The cap is reportedly still 10 times above what health campaigners urge. In oil-for-product exchange contracts, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC has asked for diesel and gasoline at a maximum of…

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DPR, IOCs, others raise alarm over rising oil theft’s potential impact on Nigeria’s economy

May 30, 2019

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), international oil companies (IOCs), security agencies, community leaders and other stakeholders yesterday warned that oil theft was retarding the national economy and fuelling environmental pollution in the resource-rich Niger Delta region. They said the multinationals and indigenous operators had adversely been affected one way or the other by the…

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Nigerian army destroys over 120 illegal refineries in Niger Delta

May 29, 2019

The Nigerian Army has said it destroyed no fewer than 120 illegal refining sites in the Niger Delta, insisting that its action was in line with its mandate to curb economic sabotage and insecurity in the country. Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa, explained that following intensified coordinated anti-illegal oil bunkering and…

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Chevron says it is still working hard to put out Ojumole Well 1 fire

May 29, 2019

CHEVRON Nigeria Ltd (CNL) on Tuesday disclosed that it is currently working with emergency response contractors to safely and swiftly put out the Ojumole Well 1 fire in Western Niger Delta. This is just as the oil giant hinted that it has also deployed accredited independent environmental consultants to monitor the environment around the impacted…

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Ikeja Electric to withdraw power services from hostile communities

May 28, 2019

A leading Nigerian Electricity Distribution Company, Ikeja Electric Plc (IE), has reiterated its commitment to ensure the safety of its staff across the company’s network areas. In a statement made available to THISDAY yesterday, the Head of Corporate Communications, IE, Mr. Felix Ofulue, said that the company was aware of the wave of malicious attacks…

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Nigeria loses $700bn to shutdown of Belema flow station

May 27, 2019

The Federal Government is reportedly losing over $700 billion to the Belema flow station shut down two years ago in Akuku-Toru Local Council of Rivers State. The facility, operated by Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), was closed in August 2017 following a series of protests by youths and elders from two communities of Kula kingdom.…

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Nigeria to issue green bond of up to N15bn – Debt office

May 27, 2019

Nigeria will issue a green bond of up to 15 billion naira ($49 million) to fund environmental projects, the country’s debt office said on Monday. The government had previously said it was planning a bond programme for environmental projects as part of its move to align with a global push to expand the market for…

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Shell says it has no plans to return to Ogoni

May 27, 2019

Multinational oil giant, Shell Petroleum Development Company Limited (SPDC), has declared that despite pressure from some quarters, it has no intention to resume oil and gas exploration activities in Ogoniland of Rivers State. This is as the company said Nigeria has lost N700Billion in revenue as a result of the forcefully occupation of its flow…

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