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2013 News Releases
SPDC JV shuts down Obigbo gas plant over encroachment on the right-of-way of gas pipelines
The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC) operated Joint Venture has shut down the Obigbo gas plant in Rivers State due to encroachment on the right-of-way of gas pipelines. The company took the action on November 1, 2013 on discovering that different types of buildings and structures have been erected on high pressure gas pipelines thereby exposing the occupants to considerable health and safety risk.
SPDC honours Olympic and world athletics medalist Blessing Okagbare
In support of sport development in Nigeria, The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) honoured Olympic and world athletics medalist Blessing Okagbare at a dinner in Lagos hosted by MD SPDC and Country Chair Shell Companies in Nigeria, Mutiu Sunmonu.
SPDC lifts force majeure on Bonny Light exports
The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC) lifted the force majeure on Bonny Light exports effective noon today (October 18) following repair of recent spill points on the Trans Niger Pipeline (TNP). The force majeure was declared on October 10 as a result of production deferment from the spills which were recorded on the 24-inch line of the TNP at B-Dere and Nonwa-Tai.
TNP reopens after crude theft fire
The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC) today (October 16) reopened the 28-inch line of the Trans Niger Pipeline (TNP) today (October 16) after repairs have been completed following the earlier reported fire at Patrick Waterside in Bodo, which a joint investigation team has confirmed was due to a hacksaw cut by unknown persons. The 28-inch line was shut in on October 14. The 24-inch line which was shut in on October 9 following leaks at B-Dere and Nonwa-Tai, remains closed.
Fire reported on TNP right of way as SPDC tackles oil spills
A fire outbreak was reported today (October 14) within the SPDC JV right-of-way at Patrick Waterside, Bodo, Ogoniland and close to the Trans Niger Pipeline (TNP), even as investigations and repair work continue on last week’s spills in the area.
SPDC raises alarm over increased crude oil theft
The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC) has again raised alarm on the increasing trend of crude oil theft which has caused repeated closures of two key pipelines this year, resulting in deferment of up to 300,000 barrels of oil per day.
Shell Companies in Nigeria win award for education support
Shell Companies in Nigeria (SCiN) emerged “Best Company in Education” at the annual Social Enterprise Report and Awards (SERAs) ceremony held in Lagos on September 21, the third time they are being recognised for a social investment programme on that platform. SCiN were nominated in four categories, and was the only oil and gas companies that won any award at the 7th SERAs.
SPDC declares force majeure as crude oil theft forces shutdown of TNP
SPDC declared force majeure on Bonny Light exports and gas supply to NLNG effective today (September 23) after it shut down the Trans Niger Pipeline (TNP) for repair of new crude oil theft leaks at Bodo West and Oloma. Some 150,000 barrels of oil and 500 million standard cubic feet of gas per day are deferred.
Shell Companies in Nigeria set safety record
Shell Companies in Nigeria have worked 10 months without lost-time injury, surpassing the previous Shell best set in the Pearl Gas-to-Liquid (GTL) project in Qatar in 2010. This means that staff and contractors of The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC), Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo) and Shell Nigeria Gas (SNG) worked between December 2012 and September 2013 without any injury requiring time off work. The record translates to 78 million hours worked by a total of 31,973 people without any significant injury.
Afam VI Power Plant shut down as crude theft leaks on TNP disrupt gas supply
The Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) Joint Venture today (16 July) shut down Afam VI Power Plant due to shortage of gas arising from the closure of the Trans Niger Pipeline (TNP) as a result of crude oil theft related leaks. The shutdown of the TNP system, comprising the 28inch and 24inch streams resulted in the deferment of 150,000 barrels of oil per day, and also led to tank tops and non-evacuation of condensate from Okoloma Gas Plant which supplies Afam VI Power Plant with feed gas.
SPDC to rehabilitate 45,000-barrel per day Ogbotobo Flowstation in Western Niger Delta
The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) operated Joint Venture has taken a key step towards rehabilitating the Ogbotobo Flowstation in Western Niger Delta through the award of a contract for reviving the power system of the facility. Operations at the flowstation were suspended in the security crisis in 2006, and SPDC plans to restart the facility to support resumption of oil production from the entire Ogbotobo field.
SPDC JV debunks false claims on TNP oil spill and fire
The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC) operated Joint Venture has restated its determination to continue to operate safely and in an environmentally friendly manner, even as it decried the sabotage and crude oil theft activities that led to the recent fire and explosion on the 28” Trans Niger Pipeline (TNP). A joint investigation team comprising regulators, communities, independent observers and SPDC found that this incident occurred as a result of unknown persons installing a valve to steal crude oil from the line.
SPDC raises alarm over rising crude oil theft spills in Adibawa field
The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC) operated Joint Venture recorded eight crude oil theft and sabotage related spill incidents in Adibawa field in Eastern Niger Delta between January and June this year. Nearly 500 barrels of oil were spilled into the environment from these incidents. The Adibawa field straddles Biseni, Edagberi and Ikarama communities, and majority of the spills were caused when unknown persons inflicted extensive hacksaw cuts on pipelines. A joint team comprising regulators, government ministries, SPDC and communities investigated each of the spills and confirmed their findings in signed-off reports.
Investigation underway into fire on TNP
A joint team is due to conduct an investigation tomorrow into the cause of the June 19 explosion and fire on the 28” Trans Niger Pipeline (TNP), after SPDC shut the facility resulting in a deferment of 150,000 barrels per day. The team, which will comprise regulators, including the Ministry of Environment, community members, SPDC and independent observers, will visit the site as part of their mission. The fire went out on Friday (21 June).
SPDC sets out its future intent for Nigeria
The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC) as operator of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)/SPDC joint venture (SPDC JV) today announced that the SPDC JV (NNPC 55%, SPDC 30%, TOTAL 10%, NAOC 5%) has taken final investment decisions for the Trans Niger Pipeline loop-line (TNPL) and the Gbaran-Ubie Phase Two projects, both in Nigeria’s eastern Niger Delta. The total capital investment for the two bundles of projects is around $3.9 billion. SPDC has also announced today a strategic review of the interests that it holds in selected onshore leases in the SPDC JV.
SPDC shuts TNP due to fire at crude theft point
The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria ltd (SPDC) joint venture shut the Trans Niger Pipeline (TNP) yesterday (19th June) following an explosion and fire at a crude theft point on the 28” section of the facility at Bodo West in Ogoni land.
SPDC tests five gas wells in Gbaran-Ubie project
The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC) is testing the potentials of five gas wells as it progresses implementation of the Gbaran-Ubie project in Bayelsa State. The exercise which began two weeks ago involves brief simulated production to determine the potentials of the wells and flaring of released gas in isolated locations. On completion of the tests, the wells will be hooked up to the Gbaran-Ubie central processing facility which will process the gas for domestic and export markets. One of the recipients of the gas is the Bayelsa State gas turbine at Imiringi.
SPDC shuts down NCTL to remove oil theft points
The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC) shut down the Nembe Creek Trunkline (NCTL) on Monday (15th April) to remove crude oil theft connections and investigate suspected oil theft leaks. Production of some 150,000 barrels of oil per day has been deferred due to the shutdown. As a result, SPDC has declared force majeure on Bonny Light export.
SPDC Joint Venture conducts asset inventory in Ogoniland
The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) Ltd Joint Venture has commenced an inventory of its assets in Ogoniland in line with the recommendations of the UNEP report. As part of the UNEP report, SPDC JV was required to conduct a comprehensive review of its assets in Ogoniland and develop a decommissioning plan.
SPDC declares force majeure on Bonny Light
SPDC declared force majeure on Bonny Light offtake programme effective 16:00hrs (Nigerian time) today, 5th March following the shutdown of Nembe Creek Trunkline (NCTL) after a leak was observed on Sunday (3rd March.) The cause will be determined by a Joint Investigation Visit, which will be scheduled once the leak point has been excavated.
Dutch court dismisses FoE claims on oil spills
The District Court of The Hague (The Netherlands) today (30th January) ruled that the four oil spills at Oruma, Goi and Ikot Ada Udo between 2004 and 2007 which have been the subject of a litigation, were caused by sabotage. Furthermore, the court ruled that Royal Dutch Shell plc is not liable and dismissed all claims of Friends of the Earth (Milieudefensie).