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Reuters: Shell says oil spills up 50 pct in 2005

Shell says oil spills up 50 pct in 2005

 

Tue May 9, 2006 4:16 PM BST

 

LONDON (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell Plc said on Tuesday oil spills at its facilities rose 50 percent in 2005 due to hurricane damage in the Gulf of Mexico and sabotage in Nigeria.

 

Shell missed its target to reduce spills, with discharges rising to 9,000 tonnes from 6,100 tonnes in 2004, the Anglo-Dutch company said in its annual Sustainability Report.

 

Shell lost 3,900 tonnes due to hurricane damage, while the bombing of a major pipeline in Nigeria by ethnic militants in December led to a 340 tonne spill, which reversed a downward trend in that country.

 

Shell said it remained on track to cut gas flaring in Nigeria by its revised deadline of 2009.

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