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Egina Spill: NIMASA ‘Closely Monitoring’ Situation, Says Official

"Accidents do happen, it’s what we do thereafter that matters and I believe that the IOC Total, working with NIMASA, NUPRC, and NOSDRA, and collaborating with international service providers, will surely ensure proper management of the spill”.


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NIMASA says the situation is under control.

 

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) says it is monitoring an oil spill at the Egina field operated by TotalEnergies. 

While the incident took place on Wednesday, NIMASA’s Assistant Director, Public Relations, Osagie Edward, said the situation is under control.

“Since the incident happened, our men have been liaising with other organs of Government to ensure the pollution is effectively controlled and managed, to protect the marine environment and the communities close to the incident point,” the statement quoted NIMASA’s Director General Dr Bashir Jamoh as saying.

“Accidents do happen, it’s what we do thereafter that matters and I believe that the IOC Total, working with NIMASA, NUPRC, and NOSDRA, and collaborating with international service providers, will surely ensure proper management of the spill”.

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NIGERIAN MARITIME ADMINISTRATION AND SAFETY AGENCY (NIMASA)
PRESS RELEASE

EGINA CRUDE OIL SPILL– NIMASA MONITORING SITUATION

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA is closely monitoring the Crude oil spill incident which took place during loading operations in Egina on 15th November 2023 at about 6:30 am.

NIMASA is working closely with the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency NOSDRA, and the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission, NUPRC from the Crisis Management Room CMR, where the spill is being monitored in real-time using oil spill monitoring software from the Emergency Response Center.

Though the volume of spill is not yet confirmed, Total Energies is providing aerial surveillance, and dispersant application, while further mobilization is being considered. The Oil Spill Response Limited from the United Kingdom is also assisting with pollution control measures. A reconnaissance survey of the impacted area confirms that the shoreline communities of Andoni, Qua-Iboe terminals, Bonny Island, Opobo/Nkoro, and Eastern Obolo, which are closest to Egina, are not yet affected.

The Director General of NIMASA, Dr Bashir Jamoh OFR, noted that the Agency is in collaboration with all stakeholders to control the pollution and also put in place measures to prevent such occurrences in the future, in line with provisions of the MARPOL Convention.

“Since the incident happened, our men have been liaising with other organs of Government to ensure the pollution is effectively controlled and managed, to protect the marine environment and the communities close to the incident point. Accidents do happen, it’s what we do thereafter that matters and I believe that the IOC Total, working with NIMASA, NUPRC, NOSDRA, and collaborating with international service providers, will surely ensure proper management of the spill,” he said.

Osagie Edward, FNIPR
Assistant Director, Public Relations
NIMASA