The Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC) on Thursday, December 9, confirmed that the oil spill at the Santa Barbara South field in Nembe Local Government Area of Bayelsa State has been successful stopped.
Aiteo, operator of the oil field, had disclosed on Wednesday that the leak had been stopped.
NUPRC in a statement by its Chief Executive Officer, Engr. Gbenga Komolafe explained that the oil well has been ‘killed’ through the professional deployment of appropriate technology and effective collaboration with all stakeholders by the commission.
Komolafe said the Commission was proud of the efforts of all stakeholders which ensured that there was no associated fire or fatality during the period of the spill.
“In line with global best practice, the Commission will continue to monitor the containment of the spill at the site while Clean Nigeria Associate (CNA) will remain active to conclude ongoing clean up efforts”.
He further said that the Commission would “provide necessary oversight in the response planning by Aiteo and carry out statutory Joint Investigation Visit (JIV) once Well kill equipment has been demobilised from site”.
He said: “In furtherance of the Commission’s incident management plans, Post Impact Assessment (PIA) studies will commence under the strict supervision of the Commission with an approved scope as soon as the clean up is concluded, to ensure adequate restoration of the impacted environment.
“The Commission wishes to appreciate the cooperation and understanding of the affected communities during the period of the spill”.