The company's operations are concentrated in the Niger Delta and adjoining shallow offshore areas where it operates in an oil mining lease area of around 31,000 square kilometres.

SPDC has more than 6,000 kilometres of pipelines and flowlines, 87 flowstations, 8 gas plants and more than 1,000 producing wells. The company employs more than 4,500 people directly of whom 95 per cent are Nigerians. Some 66 per cent of the Nigerian staff members are from the Niger Delta. Another 20,000 people are employed indirectly through the network of companies that provide supplies and services.

SPDC's Mission

The mission of SPDC is to be the operator of first choice in Nigeria through its commitment to strong economic performance and to every aspect of sustainable development.

SPDC and its Joint Venture Partners

SPDC is the operator of a Joint Venture Agreement involving the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), which holds 55%, Shell 30%, Total Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited (TEPNG)10% and Nigerian Agip Oil Company limited (NAOC) 5%.

How it began

SPDC was originally known as Shell D'Arcy and later as Shell-BP which was jointly financed by the Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Companies and the British Petroleum (BP) Group on an equal basis. The Company discovered the first commercial oil field in the country at Oloibiri Bayelsa State, in 1956 and through a sustained exploration effort had since discovered more oil fields that have firmly established Nigeria as one of the world's major crude oil producers with significant gas potential.

SPDC today

Together with its Joint Venture Partners, SPDC is capable of producing some 1 million barrels of oil per day on an average. Through its community investment programme, SPDC is demonstrating its commitment to improving the quality of life for all those who live and work in the Niger Delta.

SPDC LEadership

Osagie Okunbor

Osagie Okunbor assumed the position of Managing Director of The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC) and Country Chair, Shell Companies in Nigeria on March 1, 2015. He is the third Nigerian to hold both positions.

Osagie Okunbor is Country Chair, Shell Companies in Nigeria and Managing Director of The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC). He is a Business Administration graduate of the University of Benin. He joined Shell over 28 years ago in Lagos.

Osagie recently worked as Senior Advisor in Shell’s Upstream International Operated business, based in The Hague, Netherlands (2013 – 2015). One of his key responsibilities was supporting the implementation of the Shell Group revised strategy for the Nigeria business aimed at positioning the Shell Companies in Nigeria for a stronger and more sustainable future. Prior to that, he was the Vice President Human Resources for Shell’s Upstream Business in Sub-Sahara Africa (2008 – 2013). In 2006, he became Human Resources Director and member of the Board for the Shell Petroleum Development Company. He was appointed Vice President for Infrastructure and Logistics for Shell Nigeria between 2007 and 2008.

Osagie was appointed Managing Director of SPDC & Chairman of Shell Companies in Nigeria on March 1, 2015. He is married to Soala, and they have three children.



UNEP Report Implementation

Natural Gas Development in Nigeria