Community & Environment

Delta community raises alarm over escalating Chevron oil well fire

Jun 7, 2019

Facts emerged yesterday that the April 18, 2019 oil well fire on Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL)’s Ojumole Well 1 in Polobubo (Tsekelewu) community in Warri North Council, Delta State, is yet to be put out; it was rather expanding and threatening the residents. The community yesterday raised the alarm that the well head fire, which…

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Shell says saboteurs, theft mainly account for increased oil spills in Nigeria

Jun 6, 2019

Royal Dutch Shell, the parent body of Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Limited (SNEPCo), has attributed the persistent oil pipeline spillage in the Niger Delta region of the country to sabotage and oil theft. The global oil giant in a report said saboteurs, including thieves, caused an 80 per cent increase in the number…

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Developing nations require $500bn to withstand climate change by 2050

Jun 5, 2019

Developing nations of the world including Nigeria will require between $280 and $500 billion to finance climate change adaptation investments in their jurisdictions, a new policy brief by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has disclosed. The brief – ‘fiscal policies for implementing Paris climate strategies’, was recently released by the IMF. It contained amongst others,…

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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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