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Shell Taps Out As Amazon Warrior Sails Away From South Africa

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Shell Taps Out As Amazon Warrior Sails Away From South Africa

by Bojan Lepic: Rigzone Staff: Thursday, January 06, 2022

Shell has terminated the contract for the Amazon Warrior survey vessel emphasizing the court victory of local activists over the oil major’s seismic plans along South Africa’s Wild Coast.

The owner of the vessel, Shearwater Geo, said in October 2021 that it had won a major 3D seismic exploration project in South Africa. Under the deal, the seismic firm was supposed to acquire just over 2,300 square miles of data during a four-week project. According to the most recent AIS data, Amazon Warrior is currently on its way to Las Palmas, Spain.

Shell started the survey activities in mid-December despite environmentalists and local NGOs opposing such activities and court action being filed against the supermajor’s activities. Shell at the time stated that it had consulted all relevant communities on the operations.

The oil firm faced opposition even before activities started. Protests started literally from the moment the Amazon Warrior arrived at the port in Cape Town.

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