Royal_Dutch_ShellThe Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria has raised the alarm over the rising oil theft-related spills at the Adibawa field.

The Nigerian subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell said on Tuesday in a statement that nearly 500 barrels of oil were spilled into the environment in eight crude theft and sabotage related incidents in Adibawa field in eastern Niger Delta between January and June this year.

According to the statement, the Adibawa field straddles Biseni, Edagberi and Ikarama communities.

The company said majority of the spills were caused when unknown persons inflicted extensive hacksaw cuts on pipelines.

SPDC said a joint team comprising regulators, government ministries, its officials and affected communities investigated each of the spills and confirmed their findings in signed-off reports.

The statement read in part, “The latest spills occurred on the Adibawa-Okordia pipeline at Ikarama on May 24 and June 4, respectively. The largest individual spilled volume of 447 barrels came from the June incident.”

The Managing Director, SPDC, and Country Chair, Shell Companies in Nigeria, Mr. Mutiu Sunmonu, said the oil major had continued its investigation into another spill, which occurred on the Adibawa North East flowline at Biseni on May 22, 2013.

In line with its spill response strategy and at the earliest opportunity, Sunmonu said SPDC shut down the pipelines and mobilised teams to the site of the incidents for containment and recovery of spilled oil.

Cleanup of impacted areas, according to him, is planned for later in the year.


Information from Punch was used in this report.