Shell’s attempt to unravel the cause of the Forcados Oil spillage proves abbortive

Shell's attempt to unravel the cause of the Forcados Oil spillage proves abbortive

According to The Nation The Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) is yet to identify the source of the oil spill caused by attacks on the Forcados Crude Oil Export Pipeline in Burutu, Delta State.

A new militant group, Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), in a statement, claimed responsibility for the latest attack. Attackers of the facility claimed to have struck at about 10:55pm on Saturday.

However, a spokesman of the oil giant, in an email response, said the SPDC was employing the services of industry operators and other stakeholders to determine what went wrong and the extent of damage.

“SPDC is investigating the source of a crude oil spill which was observed on water around Forcados Terminal on Sunday (February 14). This initial investigation will enable the company to quickly determine what suitable response is further needed.

“SPDC JV and third party production into the terminal is being suspended as a precautionary measure. SPDC has activated its Emergency Response and Oil Response teams to manage the incident, while booms and other oil containment resources have been deployed to the area to try to stop the spread of spilled oil. The support of industry group, Clean Nigeria Associates (CNA) has been enlisted for a comprehensive response to the spill.

“The relevant authorities including security agencies have been informed of the incident, preparatory to a joint investigation visit which will determine the cause and volume of oil spilled”, the email response said.

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