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Shell Says Oil From Bonga Facility Leak ‘Continues to Thin’

By Mike Harrison – Dec 24, 2011 7:56 AM GMT

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) said oil that leaked from its 200,000 barrel-a-day Bonga field in Nigeria “continues to thin.”

“Surveillance and aerial photos show the spill is breaking up into patches surrounded by clear water,” Shell said in a statement on its website. “The spill remains offshore. We continue to monitor its movement using satellite imagery and vessels in the zone.”

Bonga, located 75 miles off Nigeria’s coastline, pumps about 10 percent of the West African nation’s oil.

Shell, Europe’s largest oil company, said Dec. 22 as much as half of the crude that leaked from the Bonga installation has dissipated through natural dispersion and evaporation.

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