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Foreward Note

Welcome to the 2019 edition of the Shell Nigeria Briefing Notes.


Shell interests in the Nigerian Oil & Gas sector

Economic contribution

Shell Companies in Nigeria are major contributors to the country’s economy and people. 

Unlocking Nigeria’s Potential in Natural Gas

Natural gas is the cleanest burning fossil fuel and is abundantly available in Nigeria, which has the largest reserves in Africa and the ninth largest in the world.

Unlocking Nigeria’s Potential in Deep Water

The deep waters of the Gulf of Guinea hold rich abundant oil and gas resources. Tapping into these fields will deliver vital energy to help meet the growing energy demand in Nigeria and international markets.

Nigerian Content Development

Shell Companies in Nigeria continue to support local content, develop the country’s human resources and strengthen Nigerian contracting capacity. This is achieved through sustainable partnerships, which further the socio-economic development of the Niger Delta and Nigeria as a whole.

Social Investment

Shell Companies in Nigeria work with government, communities and civil society to fund and implement social programmes that have a lasting impact on people’s lives in the Niger Delta and Nigeria as whole. Some of these investments are mandated by federal legislation, such as requiring all oil and gas producing companies in Nigeria to contribute funds from their annual budgets to the Niger Delta Development Commission, which undertakes sustainable development projects in the Niger Delta.


The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) as operator of the SPDC Joint Venture (SPDC JV) carried out exploration and production operations in Ogoniland from the 1950s till the early 1990s.

Security, Theft, Sabotage and Spills

Security remains a high priority due to continued crude oil theft and criminality in parts of the Niger Delta. Illegal refining and third-party interference are the main sources of pollution in the Niger Delta today.

Third party interference caused close to 90% of the number of spills of more than 100 kilograms from The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited operated Joint Venture (SPDC JV) pipelines in 2018.