The 3363.03barrels of Oil spilled from December 2020 through April 2021, 3140.10barrels representing a staggering 93.4 per cent, were from crude oil theft alone.
According to data from ‘Oilspillmonitor’, a satellite powered tracker run by the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), apart from crude oil theft, a host of approximately ninety three (93) incidents including pipeline corrosion, equipment failure, operational maintenance, oil theft or pipeline sabotage and an undefined ‘others’ were also given as causes for the oil spills.
A breakdown of the data showed that a total of 96.70barrels were wasted due to corrosion; 89.09barrels from equipment failure; 22.13barrels from operational maintenance; 3140.10barrels from sabotage and 15barrels from other causes.
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The oil spill incidents, according to NOSDRA, happened in seven (7) states with Delta State recording the highest number at forty six (46), while 1444.76barrels was recorded as spilled
Rivers State recorded the second highest number of incidents at twenty eight (28) with 808.25barrels reportedly spilled.
Imo, Edo and Akwa Ibom States recorded four incidents each with 464.00, 37.00 and 0.09 barrels respectively, while Bayelsa and Abia states recorded one incident each with 69.00 and 211.00 barrels reportedly spilled.
The data further revealed that majority of the incidents happened in January 2021, as 1641.84 barrels were spilled in twenty five (25) incidents, while the least number of incidents, seven (7), with 66.00 barrels, were recorded in April 2021.
In all, the facilities owned by Shell Petroleum Development Company and the Nigerian Agip Oil Company were reportedly connected to fifty (50) of the ninety three (93) incidents.
The report stated that Shell Petroleum and Development Company (SPDC) facilities were connected with the spillage of 1863.79 barrels of Oil; Agip spilled 18.81barrels, while the National Petroleum Development Company’s facilities spilled 1062.04barrels of Oil.