• Restoring sanity to SA

    We should be driven by the thought that SA belongs to all who live in it, says Solly Moeng.

  • Clamouring for action

    2017 will see battles between politicians as well as those tired of politicking, says Daniel Silke.

  • Realistic dreaming

    Preparation and sound advice will turn entrepreneurial dreams into reality, says Ian Mann.

All data is delayed
Loading...
See More

Shell shuts oil station in Nigeria

Aug 16 2012 17:45
Sapa-AFP
Yenagoa - Shell said on Thursday it had shut down an oil processing facility in southern Nigeria over a pump failure, but denied reports that a significant amount of oil had spilled in the area.

The flow station in the Nembe Creek area of Bayelsa state was closed on Wednesday, the Anglo-Dutch company said.

It said "some oil escaped from the seal into the saver pit in the flow station, with some sheen observed (in the area). The pump has been repaired."

Nigerian NGO Environmental Rights Action sent a team to visit the site Wednesday and reported that there was a spill. The head of the group, Nnimmo Bassey, described the spill as extensive.

"It is shameful that Shell could indulge in an exercise of trying to hide what even the blind can see," he told AFP.

"The spill is extensive and very visible on the waters - on the Brass River and is reported to be flowing into the Atlantic Ocean," he added.

Areas of the oil-producing Niger Delta region have been badly polluted by decades of spills due to a range of factors, including sabotage by thieves or militants as well as operational or maintenance faults by the oil companies.

Activists say companies such as Shell, Nigeria's biggest producer, have not done enough to prevent leaks.

Nigeria is Africa's largest oil producer.

*Follow Fin24 on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

shell  |  nigeria  |  oil spill

NEXT ON FIN24X

 
 
 

Read Fin24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
 

Company Snapshot

We're talking about: SMALL BUSINESS

From fossils to finance – that’s been the career trajectory of Dr Merrill van der Walt, a palaeontologist until recently. She is now a statistician with a difference.
 

Money Clinic

Money Clinic
Do you have a question about your finances? We'll get an expert opinion.
Click here...

Voting Booth

SA's avoidance of junk status by rating agencies: Moody's and Fitch

Previous results · Suggest a vote

Loading...