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  • 26/Dec/2011 Update on SNEPCo response to Bonga oil leak: Journalists to visit area today

    Lagos, Nigeria, December 26, 2011 – A group of international and Nigerian journalists will today fly to an area off the coast of Nigeria to see for themselves how the oil that leaked from SNEPCo’s Bonga facility has largely dispersed. This follows an overflight by Nigeria’s Minister for the Environment and the Director General of NOSDRA on Saturday 24 December.

  • 25/Dec/2011 Update on SNEPCo response to Bonga oil leak: Oil leak largely dispersed

    SNEPCo this evening confirmed the oil leak from the Bonga facility off the coast of Nigeria has largely dispersed.

  • 24/Dec/2011 Update on SNEPCo response to Bonga oil leak: Oil on the surface continues to decline as Government officials visit site

    SNEPCo continues to apply dispersants and has begun skimming operations to further reduce remnants of the oil leak.

  • 23/Dec/2011 Update on SNEPCo response to Bonga oil leak: dispersants are having an impact; oil continues to thin and break up.

    SNEPCo confirms the oil leaked from the Bonga facility continues to thin as a result of the effective use of dispersants by seaborne vessels and aircraft.

  • 22/Dec/2011 Update on SNEPCo response to Bonga oil leak, offshore Nigeria: oil sheen remains offshore and has thinned; source of leak found.

    Our analysis indicates that the leak from our Bonga offshore facility remains offshore and is thinning and breaking up, based on a combination of satellite pictures, photos from aerial surveillance, infra-red cameras and direct observations from vessels.

  • 21/Dec/2011 Update on SNEPCo response to Bonga oil leak: up to 50% of oil dissipated. Bonga facility now shut in.

    Since our earlier statement (0800hrs, December 21, 2011), we have obtained additional information on the incident at the Bonga offshore facility, 120 km off the Nigeria coast.

  • 21/Dec/2011 Shell Nigeria temporarily shuts in Bonga field in response to oil leak

    Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo) can confirm it is responding to an oil leak at the 200,000 barrel-per-day capacity Bonga deepwater facility, approximately 120 kilometres off the Nigeria coast.

  • 01/Dec/2011 Shell sells stakes in Nigerian oil leases

    On November 30, The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC), a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell plc (Shell), completed the assignment of its 30% interest in two oil mining leases and related facilities in the Niger Delta. Total cash proceeds for SPDC amount to some US$488 million.

  • 21/Nov/2011 SPDC spent N9 billion on community development in Niger Delta in 2010

    The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC) spent N9.0 billion on community development projects in Niger Delta in 2010, Managing Director Mutiu Sunmonu disclosed at a Sustainable Development exhibition in Abuja on Nov. 3, 2011. “This is one of the biggest corporate social responsibility portfolios operated by a private company in Sub-Saharan Africa, and it shows that we care for the wellbeing of the communities in which we do business.”

  • 01/Nov/2011 More sabotage spills in Niger Delta since SPDC shut down Imo River production

    There have been 10 additional oil bunkering incidents in the Eastern Niger Delta since The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC) shut down production from Imo River on the 28th of August this year, following an upsurge of sabotage activities which have severely impacted the environment. Some of the latest incidents are on the Okordia – Rumuekpe trunk line, Imo River – Ogale trunk line and Buguma – Alakiri trunk line. Four separate incidents were reported on sections of the Obigbo North delivery line at Komkom and Ogale.

  • 01/Nov/2011 SPDC lifts force majeure on Forcados export programme

    The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC) lifted the force majeure which had been declared on Forcados loadings, following completion of repairs on the Trans Forcados Pipeline.

  • 31/Oct/2011 SPDC orders N7.8bln worth of line pipes from Nigerian company

    The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC) has awarded a contract for line pipes worth over N7.8bln to S. C. C. Nigeria Ltd (SCC), in one of the biggest efforts by an IOC to encourage in-country manufacture of the key pipeline making material. SPDC signed the contract with the Abuja-based company in August this year. It had earlier worked with S. C. C. to enhance their production processes and capability, such that the company is now able to manufacture line pipes of varying diameters.

  • 16/Oct/2011 SPDC voted “Best Company in Most Innovative CSR” in Nigeria

    The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC) was voted “Best Company in most Innovative CSR” in 2011 at the Nigeria CSR awards, known as The Social Enterprise Report and Awards (The SERAs). SPDC fought off a challenge from three other companies to clinch the prized trophy at a ceremony which held on October 16 at MUSON Centre in Lagos. A key consideration for the award was SPDC’s Health-in-Motion programme which has impacted positively on its host communities in the Niger Delta. Corporate Awards were given in 15 categories in which SPDC was shortlisted in two.

  • 11/Oct/2011 SPDC commences repair of Trans Forcados Pipeline

    The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC) is mobilizing for repair of the Trans Forcados Pipeline which was shut down following a sabotage leak on October 6. Movement of equipment and materials by the repair contractor is progressing, and flushing of the 50-km pipeline is expected to commence by the weekend to clear hydrocarbon deposits before cutting and welding for replacement of the damaged section.

  • 10/Oct/2011 SPDC declares force majeure on Forcados export programme

    The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC) has declared force majeure on its Forcados export programme for October, November and December 2011 as a result of production shutdown due to a sabotage leak on Trans Forcados Pipeline. The declaration took effect from noon today (October 10).

  • 26/Sep/2011 SPDC suspends production in Imo River Field due to illegal bunkering spills

    The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC) has shut in production from Imo River Field due to a recent upsurge of illegal bunkering and refining activities which have impacted the environment. Some 25,000 barrels of oil per day is affected. The company took the action on the 28th of August this year to starve the illegal bunkerers of crude oil in order to prevent further environmental pollution.

  • 22/Sep/2011 Shell, UKTI host Nigerian and British firms at Offshore Europe Conference in Aberdeen

    Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo) and UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) hosted more than 107 Nigerian and British companies to a business summit at the three-day Offshore Europe Conference and Exhibition in Aberdeen.

  • 26/Aug/2011 Utorogu Gas Plant resumes operations

    SPDC today (August 26) reopened Utorogu Gas Plant was after shutting it down two days ago following a leak on the Utorogu – UPS trunkline. The line evacuates condensate from the facility. SPDC has isolated the leak point for subsequent repair work.

  • 25/Aug/2011 Pipeline leak forces shutdown of Utorogu Gas Plant

    The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC) Joint Venture last night (August 24) shut down Utorogu Gas Plant following a leak on the Utorogu – UPS trunkline in Western Niger Delta.

  • 23/Aug/2011 SPDC declares Force Majeure on Bonny Light exports

    The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC) has declared Force Majeure on Bonny Light exports for the remainder of August as well as September and October. The declaration which came into effect today (August 23) is due to production deferment from several pipeline incidents in Eastern operations.

  • 22/Aug/2011 Six sabotage spills recorded on SPDC’s Okordia – Rumuekpe trunkline in August

    The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC) recorded six separate oil spill incidents on the Okordia – Rumuekpe trunk line at Ikarama in Bayelsa State, between August 2 and 15 this year, all from hacksaw cuts by unknown persons. The 33-km line receives crude oil from two flowstations which were shut down as SPDC worked to repair the leaks. Repair was completed on five previously reported incidents on 13th August. The 6th point was sabotaged on 15th August and reportedly set on fire by unknown persons on August 18. The fire has burnt out, and an SPDC team was able to repair the last of the leak points on August 20, after about 100 community women initially blocked access to the spill site.

  • 04/Aug/2011 An open letter on oil spills from the Managing Director of the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd

    Oil spills in the Niger Delta are a tragedy, and Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) takes them very seriously. That is why we have always accepted responsibility for paying compensation when they occur as a result of operational failure. SPDC has always acknowledged that the two spills in the Bodo area in 2008, which are the focus of extensive media reports today, were caused by such operational failure. Even when, as is true in the great majority of cases, spills are caused by illegal activity such as sabotage or theft, we are also committed to cleaning up spilt oil and restoring the surrounding land.

  • 01/Aug/2011 SPDC says brief flaring in Bayelsa State is due to well test

    The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC) has clarified that the flare at Opolo-Epie in Bayelsa State is a temporary well test flare, and not routine.

  • 22/Jul/2011 SPDC Restates commitment to Nigeria in divestment exercise

    The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC) has said divestment of its equity from some oil blocs in the Niger Delta is compliant with its contractual rights and regulatory frameworks which guide the oil industry in Nigeria. The company also rejects any suggestions that its divestment exercise is illegal, non transparent or done to undermine the interest of any stakeholders.

  • 14/Jul/2011 SPDC seeks dialogue with Kolo Creek communities

    Some youths from four communities in Kolo Creek – Imiringi, Elebele, Otuasega and Oruma – today (July 14) protested at SPDC JV’s Kolo Creek field logistics base, about not being supplied with electricity from company facilities.

  • 13/Jul/2011 SPDC’s Cradle-to-Career programme lauded at United Nations Innovation Fair in Geneva

    The Cradle-to-Career programme in which The Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) is sponsoring 60 Niger Delta children in secondary schools, was recognised as a landmark educational initiative at the United Nations Innovation Fair held in Geneva, July 4-7, 2011.

  • 22/Jun/2011 SPDC Presents Award to NNPC/Shell CUP 2011 Champions, GSS Owerri

    The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited, sponsors of the NNPC/Shell Cup competition, made a formal presentation of the first prize award to Government Secondary School, Owerri, the 2011 Champions of the competition, at a brief ceremony at the Imo State Ministry of Education on June 22, 2011. Having also lifted the Championship in 2010, this is the first time in the 13-year history of NNPC/Shell Cup, that one school has won the trophy in two consecutive years.

  • 13/Jun/2011 SPDC Declares Force Majeure Over Multiple Trans Niger Pipeline Fires

    The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) has declared Force Majeure on Bonny Light loadings for June and July 2011. The declaration is as a result of production cutbacks caused by leaks and fires which occurred last week on the Trans Niger Pipeline (TNP). Joint Investigation Visits comprising government agencies, communities and SPDC found that the incidents were caused by hacksaw cuts which indicate third party interference and activities of unknown persons.

  • 14/Apr/2011 Production Resumes at Bonga After Maintenance Work

    SNEPCo resumed production at Bonga yesterday (13/04/2011) after completing the scheduled statutory inspection and maintenance works.

  • 11/Apr/2011 SPDC Joint Venture Awards Pipeline Contract for Flares Reduction

    The Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) of Nigeria Limited has signed a contract with Saipem Contracting Nigeria Limited for a pipeline system that will gather associated gas currently being flared for use in the domestic gas market. Some 30MMscf/d of gas from Otumara and Saghara fields in Western Niger Delta will be gathered, processed and channeled through the Escravos - Lagos Pipeline System (ELPS).

  • 01/Apr/2011 Four Schools Qualify for Semi Finals of 2011 NNPC/Shell Cup

    Four schools have emerged from the quarter finals of the 2011 edition of NNPC/Shell Cup and will play in the semi finals and final at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.

  • 21/Mar/2011 SPDC’S Gbaran – Ubie Project Achieves Gas Production Milestone

    The Gbaran - Ubie integrated oil and gas project in Bayelsa State recorded one billion standard cubic feet of gas per day (bscf/d) production on February 5, 2011, ahead of schedule. The project, initiated by the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC) achieved first oil and gas in June 2010 with 200 million standard cubic feet per day (mmscf/d).

  • 02/Mar/2011 SNEPCO Commences Maintenance work at Bonga

    Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo) on February 28, 2011 commenced maintenance work at the Bonga Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) facility.

  • 07/Feb/2011 SPDC Spends N5.53 Billion on Economic Empowerment Programmes in Niger Delta

    The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria-operated Joint Venture spent N5.53 billion between 2005 and 2010 on various economic empowerment programmes that have improved lives and raised the standard of living in the Niger Delta. These include 241 micro-credit schemes, 35 agro and fisheries and 120 land and marine transport projects. Another set of skills and enterprise development programmes within the same period directly benefitted over 5,200 youths.

  • 17/Jan/2011 SPDC Joint Venture Inaugurates 2nd Edition of Niger Delta Post Graduate Scholarship Scheme

    The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) has inaugurated the second edition of its Niger Delta Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme in a continuing effort to develop indigenous manpower for the oil and gas industry.

  • 07/Jan/2011 Nigeria’s Oldest Secondary School, CMS Grammar School, Wins NNPC/SHELL Choral Competition.

    Nigeria’s oldest secondary school, the Church Missionary Society (CMS) Grammar School, Lagos sang its way into history books by winning the 12th edition of the NNPC/Shell Choral Competition.

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