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allAfrica.com: Nigeria: Shell Investigates Oil Spill At N/Delta

Daily Trust (Abuja)
March 12, 2007
Adenlanwa Bamgboye
Lagos

Royal Dutch Shell Plc says a team of investigators has gained access to an oil spill in Nembe Creek in the Niger Delta.

The team consists of experts and engineers from the company and the Nigerian government, said a Shell spokeswoman.
 
“The investigation team has gone in to find out the cause of the spill and the extent of the damage. They’ve gained access (to the site),” she said.
 
She could not say how long the probe will take and how soon Shell can restore lost production. The leak was found on the Nembe Creek area in the Niger Delta on Sunday, forcing Shell to shut down production of 187,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.

The Anglo-Dutch energy group is already losing 477,000 barrels of oil per day from the closure of key production facilities in the country because of the unrest in the Niger Delta.

Since early last year, militant groups seeking a larger share of Nigeria’s oil wealth have renewed violence against major oil companies in the region.

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