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allAfrica.com: Nigeria: No Plan to Return to Ogoniland – Shell

Daily Trust (Abuja)
17 March 2008
Kayode Ekundayo
Lagos

Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) said it has not returned to Ogoniland to resume oil and gas production in the area, nor has it requested or received any permission from the Rivers State Government for that purpose.

SPDC, in a statement said rather, following a directive by the immediate past Rivers State administration in April 2006, SPDC commenced a programme to secure its wells in Ogoniland which have been dormant since it left the area in 1993. The first stage of the exercise has seen the securing of 15 wells in Eleme and Tai local government areas.
 
Shell said the permission for the company to commence the programme of securing wells in Ogoniland was given in the aftermath of a pipeline fire at K-Dere early April 2006. Formal permission was conveyed to SPDC in a letter dated April 7, 2006, and advised SPDC to “resume activities for the repair of wellheads, manifolds and damaged pipelines.

“SPDC wishes to emphasize that the exercise to secure manifolds, wellheads and damaged pipelines is in the interest of safety of people and the environment, and does not in any way amount to a resumption of oil production in Ogoniland.”

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