At a hearing in Abuja on 16th July, 2012, on the spill before the House of Representatives Committee on Environment, the National Oil Spill Detection and Remediation Agency (NOSDRA) had indicated that they would recommend “an administrative fine” to Government because of the incident.

SNEPCo insists that there is no legal basis for such a fine. The company responded professionally and diligently to the incident and worked at all times alongside and with the support of relevant authorities including NOSDRA.

“SNEPCo will challenge any attempt to impose such a penalty,” said Managing Director Chike Onyejekwe. “Some parties are alleging that oil from the spill impacted communities, the shoreline, rivers and creeks. At the hearing in Abuja, NOSDRA confirmed that its analysis did not show any significant agreement between the fingerprint values from Bonga oil samples and those from the communities. This is consistent with our statement at the time of the incident that it was oil from a third party spill that impacted some parts of the shoreline despite SNEPCo’s efforts to tackle it.”

SNEPCo continues to review and respond to all claims received in respect of the spill. Mr. Onyejekwe added: “We deeply regret that this incident took place, but as a responsible operator and corporate citizen we responded to it professionally and effectively and that everything we did was in cooperation with the authorities and in compliance with the regulations. Also, we cleaned up a third party spill that impacted the shoreline”.

Royal Dutch Shell Works to Contain Bonga Oil spill


Previous Press releases on the Bonga oil leak

December 21: Shell Nigeria temporarily shuts in Bonga field in response to oil leak

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

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

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

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

December 25: Update on SNEPCo response to Bonga oil leak: Oil leak largely dispersed

December 26: Update on SNEPCo response to Bonga oil leak: Journalists to visit area today

January 5: Production resumes at Bonga and EA, Clean up of the 20 December leak from the Bonga offshore oil field has now been completed successfully