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Shell engages locals, security to thwart oil thieves

05 July 2013, 12:11

Lagos - Shell Nigeria is intensifying efforts to curb oil theft and vandalism to its equipment.
In an interview in Lagos, the company’s spokesperson, Tony Okonedo, said the firm was collaborating with security agents and communities where its facilities were located.
“We are definitely not taking the issue of the attacks on our facilities lightly. While I cannot supply all the details, I can say we are certainly deploying more security to our facilities located in areas prone to attacks by oil thieves. We are working with the Nigerian security personnel and when the need arises, more of them are deployed to work with us,” she said without divulging the number of personnel the company is working with.
“Other measures we have adopted to protect our facilities is working with the communities where such facilities are located. They are one the best people to work with because they know the terrain better than anyone else. We have renewed our collaborations with them. Hopefully, we will witness a decrease in attacks on our facilities,” added Okonendo.
The multinational company last week raised concern over the rising cases of sabotage on its facilities.

It recorded eight incidences of vandalism on its pipelines at the Adibawa field in Eastern Niger Delta which led to the spilling of about 500 barrels of oil into the environment.

In recent times, it has suffered massive fire outbreaks, blamed on thieves, on its facilities in the Niger Delta area prompting it to shut some of its pipelines.

Shell Nigeria recently shut the Trans Niger Pipeline (TNP) following an explosion and fire at a crude theft point at Bodo West in Ogoni, south of the country.

This resulted to a shut in of 150 000 barrels of crude oil per day.
Widespread oil theft costs Nigeria an estimated $7 billion in revenue annually.

– CAJ News


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