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Government fines Shell N1.84tr for Bonga oil spill

30 January 2014, 16:06

Abuja - The Federal  Government has asked Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production  Company (SNEPCO) to pay a total of N1.84 trillion( $11.5 billion)  for the oil  spill that occurred in its  Bonga oil field in  December 2012.

A breakdown of the fine showed that Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) ordered Shell to pay N1.04 trillion ($6.5 billion) as compensation to the communities affected by the spill  while National Oil Spill Response and Emergency Agency (NOSREA) fined  Shell $5 billion, about N800 billion for the oil spill incident, reports Vanguard.

Patrick Akpobolokemi, Director General, NIMASA, said the penalty is consistent with what is obtainable in other oil producing countries .

He lampooned Shell for trying to frustrate the agency’s moves to get to the site of the spill, noting that the agency had to step in immediately after the spill by providing relief materials to some of the affected communities.

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