Shell says Nigeria spill contained

2011-12-27 07:30

Lagos - Officials with Royal Dutch Shell PLC say they've contained the worst Nigeria offshore oil spill in more than a decade.

Shell officials said on Monday that the Dec 20 spill that saw less than 40 000 barrels of oil pouring into the Atlantic Ocean has been dispersed. Shell officials acknowledged those aboard the Bonga vessel only noticed the spill after seeing it in the morning light, probably hours after it began leaking.

Shell said an investigation into the spill is ongoing.

Production at the field, representing about 10% of Nigeria's oil output, remains shut in.

Shell operates the field in partnership with Italy's Eni, Exxon Mobil , France's Total and the state-run Nigerian National Petroleum Corp.

  • colin.dovey - 2011-12-27 08:54

    And SHELL are the ones pontificating to SA about "Fracking" in our, as yet unspoilt and beloved Karoo....and now an Oil spill...can these people be trusted with OUR Heritage?

  • louis.langenhoven - 2011-12-27 08:55

    What is it with Shell. If I remember correctly they were also responsible for the spill somewhere in the Americas recently and they want to frack in our country. I always put Shell in my vehicles but I think a personal boycott is coming up.

  • Janine - 2011-12-27 09:53

    why so little press coverage? The spill in the Gulf was all over the papers and TV

  • goyougoodthing - 2011-12-27 16:45

    Shell says it's contained, well then, I believe them! Not!

  • Gwen - 2011-12-28 08:53

    Hush... Everytime I hear those words in private talks, people Hush immediately. Did you hear them too? Rumors say that just the rich people know all about it. Just do a G00GLE search for "BlueGoldHunt" all one word and click the first site that comes up. .."

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2011-12-31 11:13

    Yep, why is there so little news coverage, Shell and partners have more than **&&^%@£up the Nigerian Delta for decades. It is as bad if not worse than the BP disaster in the gulf. What they have done is criminal and those responsible should be charged with crimes against humanity.

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