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Shell Tries to Come Clean on Its Dirty Past in Nigeria

Italian prosecutors allege that a year after its agreement with the U.S., Shell and Eni SpA, its partner in Nigeria, paid more than $1 billion to win offshore licenses, which mostly went to bribes.

As the company moves away from oil, it can’t shake its years operating in the pollution- and graft-ridden nation.

A leaking, out-of-service Shell oil well head catches fire in Nigeria in 2006. PHOTOGRAPHER: ED KASHI/VII

By Kelly Gilblom

Perched in a helicopter sweeping over the mangrove forests of the Niger Delta, a photographer named Casey is looking for trouble. And she finds it, down among a cluster of tree trunks stained with crude. A faint disturbance in a jungle clearing turns out to be a group of men pawing at a pipeline, a tiny slice of a 1,200-mile web that feeds Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s bustling export hub on Bonny Island. Some of the men flee as the chopper closes in, but most redouble their efforts as Casey aims her camera. “I’ve seen things get better,” she said before takeoff. “Then they go back to getting worse.” read more

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Nigerian oil pipeline shut because of spill

A Shell subsidiary said it would begin remediation efforts as soon as site assessments in the Niger Delta communities impacted by the spill are completed.

A subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell closed an oil pipeline in the Niger Delta region while investigations into a Sunday crude oil release takes place. File Photo by Tife Owolabi/EPA

Aug. 20 (UPI) — An export pipeline in the Niger Delta remained closed after a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell said it was responding to a release of crude oil.

The subsidiary, Shell Petroleum Development Co. of Nigeria Ltd., said a multilateral investigation unit was reviewing what led to the Sunday releasefrom its Trans Ramos oil pipeline in the Niger Delta. Though no estimated spill volume was released, by the company, 95 percent of it was already recovered from two impacted communities in the region. read more

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Bloomberg: Royal Dutch Shell in talks to sell $2B in Nigeria oil licenses

By: , SA News Editor: 20 July 2018

  • Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B) is in talks to sell two Nigerian oil licenses, including infrastructure assets such as a natural gas-fired power plant, for $2B, Bloomberg reports.
  • Discussions have been advanced at times and run into hurdles at others as the Nigerian entity has yet to secure financing, according to the report.
  • Shell has sold billions of dollars of Niger Delta assets in the past decade amid local opposition, civil conflict, militant attacks and accusations of causing pollution, and another sale would allow the company to focus on its operations in Nigerian waters, where the risks of attacks on infrastructure and theft are lower.
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    Nigeria: Tackling Insecurity in the Niger Delta

    15 May 2018

    Shell’s payment of $4.32 billion to the Nigerian government in 2017, despite the closure of the 400,000 barrels per day capacity Forcados Oil Terminal, has clearly demonstrated the potentially huge earnings in Nigeria’s oil sector if security challenges are fully addressed, Ejiofor Alike reports

    Insecurity of crude oil and gas pipelines in the Niger Delta has remained a major risk peculiar to Nigeria’s operating environment, which has continued to drive the costs of oil and gas projects in the country above the global benchmark. read more

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    Shell’s fresh bid for Ogoni oilfield stirs tension

    By Kelvin Ebiri (South-South Bureau Chief) 22 April 2018

    An atmosphere of unrest is looming over Ogoni land, following the renewal request by Shell Petroleum Development Company for Oil Mining Leases (OML11).

    Already, the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) and Ken Saro-Wiwa Associates (KSWA) have intensified mobilisation of the people for a possible showdown with authorities over the development, coming when the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report for the cleanup of Ogoni is yet to be implemented.

    Shell has consistently maintained it is not interested in returning to Ogoni. The Guardian, however, discovered it wrote a letter dated October 16, 2017 to the Minister of State for Petroleum, seeking the renewal of its lease, due to expire June 2019.  read more

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    Shell’s Payment To Nigeria Up By 19 % In 2017

    Payments made by Royal Dutch Shell, the major international oil company operating in Nigeria to the federal government increased from $3,638,241,040 in 2016 to $4,322,742,582 in 2017. The rise in payment was as a result of a 10 % growth in production, the oil company said in its 2017 sustainability report published on Monday.

    BY SAHARA REPORTERS, NEW YORK APR 10, 2018

    Payments made by Royal Dutch Shell, the major international oil company operating in Nigeria to the federal government increased from $3,638,241,040 in 2016 to $4,322,742,582 in 2017.

    The rise in payment was as a result of a 10 % growth in production, the oil company said in its 2017 sustainability report published on Monday.

    The company said in the report that output from its operated fields averaged 464,000 barrel of oil equivalent per day (boe/d) while production from offshore and deep-water fields managed by its local subsidiary, Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Limited (SNEPCo), averaged 167,000 boe/d. read more

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    Selection of Shell related news stories 16 March 2018

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    Shell director calls himself ‘proud’ of controversial Nigerian operations at Cambridge talk

    Footage has emerged of a Shell director saying that he was “fundamentally proud” of the company’s actions in Nigeria, only a week before Amnesty International accused the company of being closely involved with human rights abuses in the country.

    The remarks were made by Andrew Brown, a member of the Royal Dutch Shell executive committee, at the Shell annual lecture, an event affiliated with the University, at Emmanuel College on the 20th November.

    When asked by host Stephen Sackur, a former BBC foreign correspondent, whether he was proud of what Shell had “done over the years in Nigeria”, Brown replied that “I am, I’m fundamentally proud of what happened in Nigeria”.

    The comments are likely to raise eyebrows given the controversial nature of Shell’s involvement in Nigeria. On November 28th, Amnesty International called on the British, Dutch, and Nigerian governments to investigate, with a view to prosecution, the role of Shell in human rights abuses in the 1990s. read more

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    Study: Oil Spills Double Risk of Baby Deaths in Nigeria

    7 December 2017

    A new study has found that babies have a higher chance of dying in their first few weeks of life if their mothers live close to an oil spill.

    Researchers studied information about babies dying and oil spills in the Niger Delta area of southern Nigeria. The researchers described their results as ‘shocking.’

    The study comes from scientists from the University of Saint Gallen in Switzerland. They found that babies born in the Niger Delta were two times as likely to die in the first month of life if their mothers lived close to an oil spill before they became pregnant. read more

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    Multiple news stories: Amnesty International demands criminal investigation of Shell complicity in murder

    Esther Kiobel poses with a picture of her late husband, one of nine men executed by Nigeria’s military government after a peaceful uprising in 1995 against Shell’s widespread pollution in Ogoniland. Photograph: Amnesty International

    Multiple news stories: Amnesty International demand criminal investigation of Shell complicity in Nigerian murder, torture and rape

    The Guardian: Amnesty seeks criminal inquiry into Shell over alleged complicity in murder and torture in Nigeria

    Extract: Amnesty International is calling for a criminal investigation into the oil giant Shell regarding allegations it was complicit in human rights abuses carried out by the Nigerian military. Amnesty is urging the UK, Nigeria and the Netherlands to consider a criminal case against Shell in light of evidence it claims amounts to “complicity in murder, rape and torture” – allegations Shell strongly denies. read more

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    Anger Seethes on Margins of Historic Oil Cleanup in Nigeria’s Delta

    Bodo received support from British law firm Leigh Day, which negotiated a 55 million-pound pollution settlement with Shell in 2015.

    Nearly a decade after two catastrophic oil spills in the Niger Delta, a comprehensive cleanup has finally been launched in the southern Nigerian region.

    Oil companies and activists hope it will be a blueprint for wider rehabilitation, but other badly polluted communities are unhappy not to be included.

    Earlier this month, crews of young men equipped with high-pressure hoses began to attack the crude oil that has blighted the creeks and mangrove swamps in the area where they live.

    The workers from Bodo in Rivers State are beginning a three-year project that claims to mark a new approach to cleaning up the delta, the vast polluted swampland that pumps the oil vital to Africa’s largest economy. read more

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    Anger seethes on margins of historic clean-up in Nigeria’s Delta

    Libby George: November 8, 2017 PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria (Reuters) – Nearly a decade after two catastrophic oil spills in the Niger Delta, a comprehensive clean-up has finally been launched in the southern Nigerian region.

    Oil companies and activists hope it will be a blueprint for wider rehabilitation but other badly polluted communities are unhappy not to be included.

    Earlier this month, crews of young men equipped with high pressure hoses began to attack the crude oil that has blighted the creeks and mangrove swamps in the area where they live.

    The workers from Bodo in Rivers State are beginning a three-year project that claims to mark a new approach to cleaning up the delta, the vast polluted swampland that pumps the oil vital to Africa’s largest economy. read more

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    Queen of the Netherlands —Nigeria’s nightmare

    Letter from Ayoka Lawani published by The Nation on 6 Nov 2017

    SIR: Recently Queen Maxima of the Netherlands visited Nigeria. While there, according to reports, she spoke vigorously about the merits of mobile money. What she came to do on behalf of the UN is not the topic here.

    It is who she is that should be the business of all Nigerians. She is married to King Wilhem Alexander of the Netherlands whose mother, former Queen Beartrix  ( who abdicated for Alexander in 2013) is the single largest shareholder of the Shell Company. This makes Queen Maxima a major owner of Shell. read more

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    Nigeria: Oil Spill Victims Sue Shell in UK Over Alleged $3.6 Bn Compensation

    Asaba — Oil spill victims under the aegis of Oil Spill Victims Vanguard (OSPIVV) have initiated a lawsuit in the United Kingdom against Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCO), a subsidiary of the Royal-Dutch Shell Plc., over alleged $3, 600,191, 206 compensation to 168,000 persons and 350 communities affected by the December 20, 2011 spill from its Bonga Oil Field in Delta State.

    The group’s Executive Director, Harrison Jalla in a statement, said the move was to ensure accelerated hearing and justice. read more

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    Why Shell Investors Shouldn’t Ignore The Ongoing Security Situation In Nigeria

     Oct. 4, 2017 5:28 AM ET

    Summary

    • Attacks on oil & gas infrastructure in Nigeria pose a serious risk to Royal Dutch Shell.
    • Looking at Shell’s footprint in the country.
    • How it has been impacted so far.

    Royal Dutch Shell plc (NYSE:RDS.A) (NYSE:RDS.B) is a big player in Nigeria, a country that has been dealing with increases in civil unrest and sporadic violence over the past few years, particularly from the Niger Delta Avengers group that wants a larger portion of the oil & gas tax revenue to go to the Niger Delta region. This is on top of Nigeria’s ongoing fight against the Boko Haram insurgency in the northern parts of the country. The ongoing security situation is a major risk for Shell’s Nigerian operations, especially as the Niger Delta Avengers have shown the ability to repeatedly target bottlenecks like pipelines and force a lot of output offline. Let’s dig in by first going over what’s at stake for Shell. read more

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    Shell fires-up production in Nigeria

    Shell today confirmed it had kick-started production at Gbaran-Ubie Phase 2 in Nigeria’s Niger Delta region.

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    Today’s announcement is a positive step for Shell’s global gas portfolio,” said Andy Brown, Shell’s upstream director.

    “It is also good news for Nigeria as gas from Gbaran-Ubie Phase 2 will strengthen supply to the domestic market and maintain supply to the export market.”

    Phase 2 follows the success of the first phase of the Gbaran-Ubie integrated oil and gas development, which was commissioned in June 2010. Peak production of around 175,000 barrels of oil equivalent (boe) per day is expected in 2019. read more

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    Shell says starts gas production at expanded Nigeria project

    AUGUST 23, 2017

    AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Anglo-Dutch oil major Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) has started gas production from the second phase of the Gbaran-Ubie project in Nigeria’s Niger Delta, the company said on Wednesday.

    The project is an expansion of the Gbaran-Ubie development, which opened in June 2010.

    Shell, through its Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria subsidiary, said the project would reach peak production of around 175,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day in 2019. read more

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    Shell paid $31 billion to Nigerian govt between 2002-2016 – Official

    August 14, 2017

    Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) remitted 29.8 billion dollars to the federation account and 1.2 billion dollars to Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) between 2002 and 2016, Igo Weli, General Manager, External Relations, made the disclosure on Monday.

    Mr. Weli spoke in Port Harcourt while reacting to the shut-down of SPDC flow station and gas plant in Belema community by angry youth.

    The youth accused the company of neglecting them and marginalising their community. read more

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    Niger Delta Communities In Rivers State Shut Down Shell’s Oil Flow-Station

    Niger Delta Communities In Rivers State Shut Down Shell’s Oil Flow-Station

    Members of the Belema and Offoin-Ama communities in Rivers State this morning shut down operations by oil giant, Shell, at the Belema flow-station known as OML 25. The flow-station is located within the communities’ land in Kula Kingdom in Akuku Toru local government area of the state.

    BY SAHARA REPORTERS, NEW YORK: AUG 12, 2017

    Members of the Belema and Offoin-Ama communities in Rivers State this morning shut down operations by oil giant, Shell, at the Belema flow-station known as OML 25. The flow-station is located within the communities’ land in Kula Kingdom in Akuku Toru local government area of the state.

    Some 1500 women, youths, and chiefs from the two communities marched down to the flow-station to protest what they described as Shell’s “obnoxious acts” and the underdevelopment of their communities. Raising a familiar complaint by inhabitants of the impoverished swamplands that produce most of Nigeria’s oil, the protesters said they had received no benefits from the region’s oil wealth. They demanded an end to the oil pollution that has ruined much of their land. read more

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    Protesters storm Shell crude flow station in Niger Delta

    Tife Owolabi: AUGUST 11, 2017 / 11:13 AM

    AKUKU-TORU, Nigeria (Reuters) – Hundreds of Nigerian protesters stormed a crude oil flow station owned by Shell in the restive Niger Delta on Friday demanding jobs and infrastructure development, a Reuters witness said.

    The protesters complained they were not benefiting from oil production in their area, a common refrain in the impoverished swampland that produces most of Nigeria’s oil. They also demanded an end to oil pollution in the area. read more

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    Anxiety as MOSOP, others protest Shell’s resumption of oil production in Ogoniland

    Anxiety as MOSOP, others protest Shell’s resumption of oil production in Ogoniland

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    Thousands of Ogoni people, from the four Local Government Areas of Khana, Gokana, Tai and Eleme, yesterday defied the heavy rain to massively protest the return of the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) to resume crude oil production and laying of pipelines, after the Anglo/Dutch oil giant was sent packing from Ogoniland over 24 years ago.

    The protesters, comprising elderly men, women and youths, who were armed with placards, bearing various inscriptions, drumming and singing anti-Shell songs, were led by the President of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP), Chief Legborsi Saro Pyagbara. read more

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    Shell Profits Triple on Stronger Refining, Oil Prices

    Shell CEO Ben van Beurden

    LONDON — Royal Dutch Shell more than tripled its profits in the second quarter to beat forecasts boosted by strong refining operations and a rise in oil prices.

    The Anglo-Dutch oil and gas company also reported a huge recovery in cash flow to $12.2 billion and a drop in debt as its cost reduction efforts in recent years paid off. It has sold some $25 billion of assets since acquiring BG Group last year.

    The strong results came despite a dip in oil and gas production versus the previous quarter as a result of reduced output from a facility in Qatar. read more

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    Violence and peace in the Niger Delta

    Monday, Jul 10, 2017

    Disruption has been reduced in the oil-producing Niger Delta but violence continues to simmer and will continue to play a role in Nigerian politics, writes Ed Reed

    What: Violence in the Delta has fallen since late 2016.

    Why: Militants have secured a seat at the table, at state and federal levels.

    What next: A degree of violence will continue but it is unlikely to return to 2016 levels in the near term.

    Militancy in the Niger Delta dominated the country’s oil industry in 2016, driven by the Forcados closure, which took its toll on Royal Dutch Shell but also on smaller independents. Various groups played a part but the spotlight was dominated by the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), driven by a media-savvy campaign. read more

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    Court orders Shell to pay N122b damages for oil spill

    The counsel to Shell, Mr. Olawale Akoni (SAN), argued that Shell was not given fair hearing. .PHOTO: aljazeera.com

    By Kelvin Ebiri (South-South Bureau Chief)   |   12 June 2017

    The Court of Appeal in Port Harcourt has ordered Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) to pay N122 billon as damages to Ejama-Ebubu community in Eleme Local Government Area of Rivers State for crude oil spillage.

    Justice Ali Abubakar Gumel dismissed Shell’s appeal for failure to file a competent brief of argument to support or proffer arguments in her suit. read more

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    Nigeria: Shell Profit Up By U.S.$2.2 Billion, to Invest U.S.$25 Billion in Nigeria, Others


    Houston, U.S.A. — The net profit of Royal Dutch Shell more than doubled in the first three months of 2017, surpasing predictions by analysts as rebounding oil prices and refining gains helped to boost the company’s revenue.

    The company’s first quarter 2017 financial results released yesterday showed that net income attributable to shareholders in the quarter, based on a current cost of supplies (CCS), rose by $2.2 billion.

    CCS is a number similar to the net income that US oil companies report. read more

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    Shell to invest $25 billion in Nigeria, other countries

    Shell to invest $25 billion in Nigeria, other countries

    Oil giant, Royal Dutch Shell, has announced plans to invest about $25 billion this year in Nigeria and all its oil and gas operation across the world.

    Shell made the announcement in its first quarter 2017 financial results released on Thursday.

    The report revealed that Shell netted an income of $2.2 billion and was expecting to generate $10 billion in cash flow from the delivery of some of its new projects by 2018.

    The company recently announced the resumption of oil production at its 225,000 barrels per day (bpd) Bonga Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) field in Nigeria’s deep-waters. read more

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    Nigeria Seizes Foreign Vessel for Alleged Theft of Shell Crude

    by Tony Tamuno
    26 April 2017, 12:08 BST

    Nigeria detained a vessel with crew members from countries including Pakistan, Indonesia and Ukraine for alleged theft of crude from a facility owned by Royal Dutch Shell Plc, the navy said.

    The tanker, MT TECNE, was apprehended before dawn on April 25 while loading crude from the Afremo platform operated by Shell’s Nigerian unit, Ibrahim Dewu, a navy spokesman, said Wednesday by phone from the southern city of Warri. “They had siphoned about 2,000 metric tons of crude oil from the loading jacket before their arrest,” he said. read more

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    Oil Supermajors Dig Way Out of Doldrums as Cash Poised to Surge

    by Rakteem Katakey: 26 April 2017, 00:01 BST

    Big Oil’s struggle against crude’s collapse is starting to ease, giving some companies enough cash to pay shareholders without piling on more debt.

    The world’s five biggest non-state oil producers, known as the supermajors, probably increased cash from operations by a combined 67 percent last quarter from a year earlier, according to HSBC Bank Plc analysts Gordon Gray and Kim Fustier. That may allow some to cover dividends and capital spending without borrowing for the first time since 2012, they said. read more

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    FT: Shell’s top oil trader defends North Sea Brent activity


    Mar. 29, 2017 12:57 PM ET|By: Carl Surran, SA News Editor

    Royal Dutch Shell’s (RDS.A, RDS.B) VP of crude oil trading is out with a strong defense against accusations that the company’s activity in the North Sea crude market has skewed the benchmark Brent contract that underpins global oil prices.

    Shell allegedly traded very aggressively in the region during 2016, with large positions in North Sea crude at times running contrary to clear signs of oversupply in the market, with the buying spree seen potentially pushing up prices. read more

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    Whistleblower accuses Shell of Nigerian Oil Spills Cover-up

    A whistleblower has accused oil giant Shell of concealing data on the health effects of two major oil spills on communities in Nigeria. 

    In a letter seen by the Independent, Kay Holtzmann, a former employee at the company, said data gathered in the Bodo community which was devastated by two huge oil spills in 2008 and 2009, showed levels of pollution were “astonishingly high”. He also accused the company of refusing to make the findings public. 

    Mr Holtzmann was the former director in charge of Shell’s project to clean up oil spills in the Bodo community, which is located in the oil-producing Niger Delta region.  read more

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    WSJ: Shell report cites “astonishingly high” pollution from Nigerian oil spills

    The former director of the cleanup project says Shell has denied him permission to publish the study’s results, which dictated a need for health screenings in the Bodo community.

    Mar. 23, 2017 5:19 PM ET|By: Carl Surran, SA News Editor

    Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B) oil spills that have not been cleaned up for more than eight years have contributed to “astonishingly high” levels of pollution in a Nigerian community, WSJ reports, citing a consultant who helped produce a confidential damage assessment for the company and its partners.

    The former director of the cleanup project says Shell has denied him permission to publish the study’s results, which dictated a need for health screenings in the Bodo community. read more

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    Shell Fears Reopening Twice-Bombed Nigerian Pipeline

    By Zainab Calcuttawala – Mar 06, 2017, 4:40 PM CST

    Royal Dutch Shell fears that reopening a pipeline in Nigeria will cause local separatist groups to re-bomb the facility for a third time, according to reports emerging from the area.

    The Trans Forcados Pipeline, which takes 400,000 barrels to the Forcados export terminal every day, has been out-of-operation for all but three weeks in the past year, according to risk analysis published by SBM intelligence on Friday.

    Previously, militants dove underwater to install bombs near the section of the pipeline in the Atlantic Ocean that they aimed to destroy. Shell brought in underwater engineers to repair the pipeline in an act of defiance against the militants and their most sophisticated attack to date. read more

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    Nigeria wants Shell to open major pipeline but attack feared

    By MICHELLE FAULThe Associated Press: March 4, 2017

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nigeria wants Royal Dutch Shell to reopen one of its main pipelines but the oil multinational is resisting, analysts say, for fear it could once again be bombed by militants.

    The Trans Forcados Pipeline, the main feed to the 400,000-barrel-a-day Forcados export terminal, has been shut for all but three weeks of the past year, Lagos-based SBM Intelligence said in its weekly risk analysis published Friday.

    In their most sophisticated attack, militants used divers to blow up an underwater section of the pipeline in the Atlantic a year ago. Defying militant death threats, Shell flew in underwater engineers who took seven months to get the pipeline operational. read more

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    Shell Splashes $1B On Niger Delta Development

    By Irina Slav – Feb 14, 2017, 12:46 PM CST

    Shell’s Nigerian subsidiary has committed US$1 billion for the development of the Niger Delta, the Vice President of the federal government, Yemi Osinbajo, said. Osinbajo is on a tour in the Delta, aiming to appease through dialogue the militant groups that have crippled Nigeria’s oil industry over the last couple of years.

    The money will be released in US$500-million annual installments, to be used to provide clean drinking water, conduct health impact assessments, and supply “remediation technologies” to local communities, who tried to sue Shell for failure to clean up an oil spill in the area. The case was heard by the London High Court, which ruled that it is outside its jurisdiction: Shell Petroleum Development Company is registered in Nigeria, so a Nigerian court should be the one to hear the case. read more

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    UK: Shell ruling gives green light for corporations to profit from abuses overseas

    26 Jan 2017

    A UK High Court ruling that two Niger Delta communities devastated by oil spills cannot have their claims against Shell heard in the UK could rob them of justice and allow UK multinationals to commit abuses overseas with impunity, Amnesty International said today.

    The High Court ruled today that Royal Dutch Shell cannot be held responsible for the actions of its Nigerian subsidiary Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd. This is despite the company having profited from decades of abuses and environmental destruction in the Niger Delta. The communities are expected to appeal. read more

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    Shitstorm of Nigeria related litigation hits Shell

    Shell is facing what Americans might describe as a shitstorm of lawsuits arising from its Nigerian activities since the 1950’s. Litigation is current or pending in Nigeria, the USA, Italy, the UK and the Netherlands.

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    Shell battles Nigerian communities in high-stakes London lawsuit

    By Karolin Schaps and Libby George | LONDON

    A court in London will decide in coming weeks whether Royal Dutch Shell can face trial in the UK over oil spill allegations in Nigeria, a decision some legal experts predict could attract more cases against multinationals in Britain.

    The High Court will judge whether members from two communities, Bille and Ogale in Nigeria’s oil-rich Delta region, can sue the Anglo-Dutch company in British courts.

    The communities say Nigerian courts are unfit to hear the case against Shell subsidiary Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC). Shell says the case should be heard in Nigeria because the matter is “uniquely a Nigerian problem”. read more

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    Royal Dutch Shell plc: Human Rights in Delta Violated?

    Heading into 2017, the presence of Royal Dutch Shell plc (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A) is coming under intensified observation. Out of the many foreign energy giants operating in the Niger Delta, Shell is one that is the fulcrum of civil lawsuits, both existing and delayed.

    Charges on the Anglo-Dutch oil & gas major are inclusive of corruption, violence of human rights, and environmental damage. The company is reported to have performed inhuman acts, demeaning treatment. Shell’s senior management cannot state that this came as a surprise, as it has been repeatedly warned.  read more

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    Nigeria opens inquiry into disputed oil field

    by Mary MorleyWednesday, 14 Dec 2016, 15:08 GMT

    Nigeria has opened an investigation into an offshore oil field owned by Royal Dutch Shell (LON:RDSA) and Italy’s Eni, Reuters has reported. The move comes after Dutch and Italian investigators launched their own inquiries into the oil block.

    Shell’s share price has been steady in today’s session, having inched 0.26 percent higher to 2,138.50p as of 14:28 GMT. The stock is outperforming the broader London market, with the benchmark FTSE 100 index having slipped marginally into the red and currently standing 0.14 percent worse off at 6,958.93 points. The group’s shares have gained more than 40 percent over the past year, as compared with about an 11.5-percent rise in the Footsie. read more

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    Ogoni king: Shell oil is killing my people

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    screen-shot-2016-12-03-at-21-12-03John VidalSaturday 3 December 2016 19.45 GMT

    The stakes are high…

    If the London judge hearing the preliminary arguments finds for the king then, in around one year’s time, Shell will have to defend itself in the British courts. The result could be a massive clean-up of Ogale, possibly millions of dollars’ damages and other polluted communities bringing their cases to Britain.

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    Shell Canada President Michael Crothers says Canada should stick to its values

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    Shell Canada President Michael Crothers (above) says “Canada should stick to its values and do something to protect the environment, regardless of what policy tack the incoming U.S. president takes.”

    See CBC News article: Canada shouldn’t lose resolve for a carbon tax, says Shell exec (Published 29 November 2016)

    This is the most breathtaking hypocrisy on the part of Shell and Mr. Crothers.

    Shell is responsible for nightmarish pollution of the Niger Delta in Nigeria. It has already settled related litigation and more is underway: read more

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    Nigerian farmers, fishermen sue Shell in UK over pollution

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    LONDON (AP) — Emere Godwin Bebe Okpabi, leader of Nigeria’s Ogale people, unpacked four bottles of water from his homeland and lined them up on a table to show why his subjects are suing Royal Dutch Shell in a London court.

    The Nigerian water is contaminated with oil and cancer-causing compounds such as benzene. It’s what his people drink every day.

    Britain’s High Court will begin hearing lawsuits on Tuesday filed by the Ogale and Bille people alleging that decades of oil spills have fouled the water and destroyed the lives of thousands of fishermen and farmers in the Niger River Delta, where a Shell subsidiary has operated since the 1950s. They brought their fight to Shell’s home base because they say the Nigerian courts are too corrupt. read more

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    Villagers take Shell to High Court over Niger oil spills

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    The cases are being brought by Leigh Day, which was previously successful in agreeing a £55 million compensation package with Shell to another Nigerian community: GEORGE ESIRI/REUTERS

    Neil Johnston: November 21, 2016

    A legal battle between Shell and two Nigerian communities who claim that the company caused repeated oil spills will reach the High Court this week.

    Tomorrow a four-day hearing will begin to decide whether British courts can hear the legal claims on behalf of 40,000 Nigerians against the oil giant and a subsidiary which operated in the Niger Delta. read more

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    Shell case may launch wave of lawsuits

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    By Emily Gosden, energy editor: 19 NOVEMBER 2016 

    Royal Dutch Shell is facing a High Court battle over alleged environmental damage from its oil pipelines in Nigeria, in a test case that could open the floodgates to more multinationals being sued in London courts.

    The oil giant and its subsidiary, the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC), are both being sued by two Nigerian communities, who are seeking about £100m in compensation after suffering repeated oil spills they claim came from SPDC pipelines in the Niger Delta. read more

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    Shell Fights Lawsuits Over Environmental Record in Nigeria

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    By SARAH KENT: Nov. 19, 2016 7:00 a.m. ET

    LONDON— Royal Dutch Shell PLC is fighting lawsuits this coming week in London and the Netherlands over its environmental record in Nigeria, highlighting the quagmire of problems the energy company faces there as it tries to pivot away from the West African nation.

    The oil-rich Niger Delta has generated billions of dollars for Shell over the past 60 years, but the company’s operations have been plagued by sabotage, theft and oil spills that ravaged the local environment. read more

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    40,000 Nigerians take Shell to UK court over oil spills

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    Online Editor: November 16, 2016

    UK based oil firm, Shell, is facing fresh environmental claims in a London high court from two Nigerian communities who have suffered pollution episodes following repeated large scale oil spills from the oil giant’s pipelines in the Niger Delta.  

    This is according to a statement released Tuesday by Leigh Day, a London based law firm, which was signed by David Standard, its head of media relations.

    The two separate legal actions are being brought by law firm Leigh Day who represented the Bodo Community against Shell in an unprecedented environmental claim resulting in Shell agreeing to pay compensation package of £55million to the Community and 15,600 Nigerian fishermen whose livelihoods had been destroyed by Shell’s oil pollution.    read more

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    Ogoni monarch fingers Shell contractors as pipeline vandals

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    By Austin Oyibode: 8 November 2016

    Against the wide held view that youths of the Niger Delta are the arrow head of pipeline vandalism in the region, Chairman of Ogoni Traditional Rulers Council, HRM Timothy Suanu Bari Dam, has revealed that the contractors of Shell are the mastermind behind the massive destruction of pipelines in the devastated region.

    Chief Bari Dam told NAIJ.com in Port Harcourt that he had personally confronted Shell in a recent meeting with company officials where he told them that contractors working for the oil firm and their close allies are the evil workers destroying the pipelines but leveling blame on youths of the Niger Delta. He said “I was in a stakeholders meeting with Shell and I told them that many of the pipeline vandalisation that is going on in Ogoni land is caused by them and their contractors. Those contracts are given to crooks, they pay money to some people and they allow the destructions go unhindered. read more

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    Militants Attack Nigeria’s Trans Forcados Pipeline, Again

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    By Tsvetana Paraskova – Nov 02, 2016, 3:15 PM CDT

    Just two days after the Nigeria’s state-owned Trans Forcados oil pipeline resumed operations following an attack in July, militants hit the pipeline again late on Tuesday, a community leader said on Wednesday.

    No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack on the pipeline which carries crude oil and gas to the 400,000-bpd Forcados export terminal owned by Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDS.A).

    The attack led to a “massive spill, flooding a creek knee-deep in crude,” the Associated Press quoted Batan community leader Dickson Ogugu as saying. read more

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    Hearing on Royal Dutch Shell: Committee Room 1, House of Commons Wednesday 2 November 2016

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    screen-shot-2016-10-19-at-10-26-17HEARING IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS WEDNESDAY 2nd NOVEMBER 2016

    EXTRACTS FROM A CONFIDENTIAL EMAIL

    Subject: JCHR: Claimant in case against Shell to detail experiences in human rights and business inquiry 

    More here including House of Commons Library briefings

    Watch live here 

    Claimant in human rights case against Shell to detail experiences in human rights and business inquiry 

    The Joint Committee on Human Rights continue their inquiry into human rights and business on Wednesday 2 November when they hear from John Gbei via video-link from Nigeria. 

    Mr Gbei, and members of the Bodo Community in Nigeria, filed a successful lawsuit against Shell in London High Court for two oil spills which occurred in the Niger Delta in 2008 and 2009. The case resulted in an award of £55million; Shell having originally offered compensation of £4,000.  read more

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    The Niger Delta Avengers are back — and they’ve got big oil in their crosshairs

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    Tom DiChristopher: 26 Oct 2016

    The Niger Delta Avengers resumed their campaign of sabotage on Tuesday, potentially kicking off a return to the serial bombings the militant group carried out earlier this year.

    Those attacks sent Nigerian crude output to a more than decade-low and deepened an economic crisis in the Western African nation brought on by persistently low oil prices. Analysts say the government has been slow to advance a coherent response, and in the absence of an effective strategy, the conflict will likely escalate, putting Nigeria’s recovery in question and global oil supply at risk. read more

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