The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC), said it works diligently to develop new hardware barriers and technologies to detect and prevent oil theft, sabotage, criminality and other types of third party interference that cause environmental damage, participating in industrial organisations in Nigeria as well as internationally to share best practices.
The company however, regretted that despite these and other efforts, criminals still target oil and gas infrastructure, causing spills.
This is contained in a statement issued by the company’s media relations manager, Bamidele Odugbesan, who equally denied allegations of environmental mismanagement in the Niger Delta levelled against it at the weekend by Amnesty International.
Reiterating its commitment to swift response to oil spill incidents, the company said such action was dependent on access and security conditions permitting its teams to mobilise and deploy personnel to spill sites to investigate, clean up and remediate such areas.
The statement quoted the general manager, External Relations, Igo Weli, as saying, “SPDC, in collaboration with government regulators, responds swiftly to spill incidents as quickly as it can and cleans up spills from its facilities regardless of the cause.
“We regularly test our emergency spill response procedures and capability to ensure staff and contractors can respond rapidly to an incident. However, response to spills, clean-up and remediation depend on access to the spill site and ultimately on the security of personnel and equipment while work is ongoing.”