Shell Petroleum Development Company Limited (SPDC), in a document has noted that crude oil theft from its facilities reduced drastically last year by over 200% compared to what obtained in 2015. Relatively, oil spills caused by sabotage also dropped by over 100% compared to the previous year, The Nation reports.

SPDC said: “Crude oil theft on the pipeline network resulted in a loss of about 5,660 barrels of oil per day (bpd) in 2016, which is less than the 25,000bpd in 2015. The number of sabotage-related spills declined to 45 compared with 93 in 2015.”

“The reduction in oil theft and sabotage-related spills from the previous year can be attributed to continued improvements in air and ground surveillance and response by government security forces, lower production levels of SPDC Joint Venture (JV) operations in the western part of the Niger Delta due to acts of sabotage and the divestment in 2015 of the Nembe Creek.”