Oil spill: SPDC shuts Forcadoes terminal, moves to investigate

By Gbenga KOSOKO

LAGOS-: The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC) is investigating the source of a crude oil spill which was observed on water around Forcados Terminal on Sunday (February 14). This initial investigation will enable the company to quickly determine what suitable response is further needed.

SShell Offers $51 Million to Settle Nigeria Oil Spillshell spokesman Precious Okolobo made this known in a statement he signed and sent to Biztellers via electronic mail earlier on Monday.

The statement reads in part that SPDC JV and third party production into the terminal is being suspended as a precautionary measure. SPDC has activated its Emergency Response and Oil Response teams to manage the incident, while booms and other oil containment resources are being deployed to the area to try to stop the spread of spilled oil. The support of industry group, Clean Nigeria Associates (CNA) has been enlisted for a comprehensive response to the spill.
The relevant authorities including security agencies have been informed of the incident, preparatory to a joint investigation visit which will determine the cause and volume of oil spilled.

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