Shell begins Seibou oil spill clean-up in Bayelsa

The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria said on Wednesday that it had commenced repair of its flow line at Seibou Well 2 in Southern Ijaw Local Government Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

An oil spill was detected from an underwater flow line riser at the facility in the night of January 23, 2015.

Shell in a statement signed by the  spokesperson, Joseph Obari and mailed to our correspondent, said the contractor mobilised to site on March 15 for the clean-up of the spill.

The company stated that it was engaging the  community people to prepare for the remediation exercise.

It noted that the Joint Investigation Visit (JIV) to the impacted site which was concluded on March 13, 2015 had blamed the spill on equipment failure as a rupture had occurred on the flow line.

“The JIV, comprising governmental regulators and representatives of the Bayelsa State Government, SPDC and the communities, also confirmed the spilled volume as 549 barrels.

“SPDC is conducting a detailed investigation into the root cause of the spill given that the line was laid as recently as 2012 and was not observed to be corroded during the JIV”, it stated.

Shell expressed gratitude  to the Bayelsa State Government, communities and regulators for their co-operation in the conduct of the JIV, stressing it was expecting the same support for repairs and clean-up.

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