Five Barrels of Crude Oil Discharged into Rivers Environs, Shell Reveals

Osaretin Balogban

The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) Limited revealed that five barrels of crude oil were discharged into environments of the Bodo community in Gokana Local Government Area, Rivers State.

The National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) Rivers State Ministry of Environment, SPDC, and the host community signed a Joint Investigation (JIV) report that disclosed the development.

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According to the report, Shell’s Trans Niger Pipeline discharged residue containing 98% water and 2% crude amounting to five barrels as the Trans Niger Pipeline was flushed.

A representative of SPDC, Micheal Adande said the spill’s impact was minimal as the Trans Niger Pipeline has been out of commission since June 2022.

Adande revealed that the full report of the JIV on the SPDC oil spill sites would be available.

He said: “The spill from the Bomu-Bonny section of the SPDC JV’s Trans Niger Pipeline (TNP) in Bodo, Gokana Local Government Area of Rivers State on 3 August 2022 was largely water (98%) from the ongoing flushing of the TNP, with the residual crude oil of about five barrels as established by the signed report of the Joint Investigation Visit led by regulators, and involving representatives of the Rivers State Ministry of Environment and the community.”

“Owing to the high level of theft, the SPDC has not processed crude oil through the TNP since mid-June 2022.

“Cleanup of the impacted area and repair work on the pipeline is underway”.

Source: The Nation

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