Oil Spill: Supreme Court Rejects Shell’s Request To Vacate ₦17bn Judgement


The Supreme Court has dismissed an application filed by Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited seeking to set aside a January 11, 2019 judgement of the court upholding damages to the tune of N17bilion awarded against the oil company.

The apex court had on January 11, 2019 upheld an earlier judgment by the Court of Appeal, affirming a June 14, 2010 judgement of the Federal High Court which awarded the damages against Shell over an oil spill at Ejam-Ebulu in Tai Eleme Local Government Area of River State in 1970.

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Dismissing the application on Friday, Justice Samuel Osuji who read the lead ruling of the Supreme Court’s panel prepared by Justice Centus Nweze, held that the application by Shell, asking it to revisit its earlier judgment, was unmeritorious.

Although the lawyer to Shell declined speaking to Journalists, lawyer to Ejam-Ebulu community, Mr Lucius Nwosu while applauding the verdict of the court said the judgment sum, with interest, now stands in the region of N160billion.

NPDC Partners Acrete Petroleum To Increase Oil Production

NNPC To Recover Missing Petrol Worth Over 130m LitresThe Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), has partnered Accrete Petroleum to increase oil production and reserves.

The partnership is aimed at increasing Nigeria’s oil reserves from three billion barrels to five billion barrels within the next five years.

Data shows that Nigeria is positioned with adequate asset portfolio to achieve an increase in production with more than 10 producing assets currently at its disposal.

Bribery Allegations: Russian Economy Minister Detained

Bribery Allegation: Russian Economic Minister Detained
Russian economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev CREDIT: REUTERS

Russia’s economy minister, Alexei Ulyukayev has been detained in connection with bribery allegations.

Russia’s main anti-corruption body, the Investigative Committee, has revealed that Mr Ulyukayev received a payment of $2million.

The bribe was allegedly for his ministry’s positive assessment that led to the oil giant Rosneft acquiring a 50% stake in another oil company, Bashneft.

“Ulyukayev was detained at night, immediately after interrogation,” an Investigative Committee official told Reuters.

He is the highest-ranking Russian official to be detained since the 1991 coup attempt in what was then the USSR.

The Investigative Committee said the minister would soon be charged, and if convicted he could face prison sentence of eight and 15 years.

Pirates attack ship in Niger Delta, kill 2 Naval guards, kidnap 4 foreigners

Pirates attacked a ship being used by an oil servicing company in waters off the Niger Delta Region on Saturday, killing two Nigerian Naval guards and kidnapping four foreigners, the Navy said.

“The incident was somewhere around the Niger Delta, where an oil servicing company was attacked by gunmen. We lost two of our men and four expatriates were abducted, one Malaysian, one Iranian,” Navy spokesman Commodore Kabir Aliyu said.

He said a Thai and an Indonesian were also taken, but had no immediate further details.

Security in the Niger Delta region has improved since militant activity shut down nearly half of the country’s oil output around the middle of the last decade, thanks to an amnesty between various militant factions and the government.

But the situation remains volatile and inflamed by organised crime and local political rivalries.

Pirates in the Niger Delta usually release kidnapped crew members after their cargo has been looted, rather than held for ransom.

Saipem wins $800 million contract in Nigeria

Italian oil services company Saipem said on Thursday it had won an onshore contract in Nigeria worth more than $800 million.

In a statement, the company said the contract is part of the SSAGS gas project which envisages facilities located 65 km south-east of Warri, the Delta State capital.

The project is expected to be completed in 32 months.

FG partners with American and local consortium to build six new refineries

The Federal Government, on Monday, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with an American and Nigerian Joint Venture Group, Vulcan Petroleum Resources Limited and Petroleum Refining and Strategic Reserve Limited, respectively, for the construction of six modular refineries with combined capacity of 180,000 barrels per day.

The project is estimated to gulp N697.5bn while two of the refineries are expected to be completed within the next 12 months.
The refineries are to be located in areas where there are crude oil pipelines in collaboration with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.
Each modular refinery, when completed, will refine up to 30, 000 barrels of crude oil per day and produce up to five million litres of petrol, diesel kerosene and LPFO.

The Minister of Trade and Investment, Olusegun Aganga, signed on behalf of the Federal Government, while Vice-President/Director , Vulcan Petroleum Resources Limited, Jim Mansfield, and the Chairman, Petroleum Refining and Strategic Reserve Limited, Edozie Njoku, singed of behalf of their companies respectively.
Also present during the signing of the MoU, was the former Governor of Anambra state, Chukwuemeka Ezeife.

Speaking during signing ceremony, Mr Aganga, said the event represented a major milestone and paradigm shift in President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration plan towards Industrial Revolution, job creation, wealth generation.

“This is a historic moment and a big step for us as a country .Apart from power, one of the critical areas which President Goodluck Jonathan has made a priority is to have functional refineries. My understanding is that by the time the whole project is completed, the cost is estimated at about $4.5bn.

“This is the beginning of changing our old paradigm from exporting just raw materials and exporting jobs to the Western countries. This is something that we have done as a country for so long time. There is no nation that has moved from being a poor nation to a rich one by exporting raw materials without having a vibrant industrial base. That is what we have to change for us to be a rich nation, and that is what of National Industrial Revolution Plan is based on.”

Aganga said that the Ministry of Trade and Investment would work together with the Ministry of Petroleum Resources and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation to ensure the actualisation of the projects.

He added, “The Nigerian Industrialisation Revolution Plan is based on areas where we have comparative and competitive advantage as a country. The signing of the MOU is the beginning of the process. The Ministry of Trade and Investment has not done this alone. We are working in collaboration with the Ministry of Petroleum Resources and the NNPC. We are working together as a team to ensure that in 12 months’ time, we witness the commissioning of the refineries.

“What we have done is to carry out due diligence on the prospective investors before we even start having discussions with them. We try to find out where they are coming from and their antecedents, whether they have done what they are planning in other parts of the world, and also if they have the money to invest.”

Speaking during the event, the Vice-President/Director, Vulcan Petroleum Resources Limited, Jim Mansfield, said the investment was a testimony that “Nigeria is a good place to do business.”

“The funding for the project will be a non-Nigeria source and is from investors who firmly believe that Nigeria is a good place to do business. We also believe that Nigeria is open for business,” he said.

The Chairman, Petroleum Refining and Strategic Reserve Limited, Edozie Njoku, said that the company would work with its foreign technical partner and the regulatory authorities to ensure the successful completion of the project within the time frame.

“The six refineries will have a combined capacity to refine 180, 000 barrels of crude oil within the country and produce up to 30 million litres per day of refined products within 30 months. The entire modular refinery complex is built in the United States, including all piping and electrical and test operated to assure that each plant will achieve 100 per cent of its approximately five million litres per day production capacity.

“It will take approximately six months to construct each refinery in the USA, one month to test and dismantle the refinery for shipping; one month to commence shipment of the refinery complex to Nigeria; followed by four-five months to re-assemble the refinery in Nigeria and commence full production. The modular refinery is far easier to construct and maintain, and it can be constructed at any place and relocated to any site depending on the need.
Former Governor of Anambra State, Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife, commended the efforts of the Minister of Trade and Investment, Mr. Olusegun Aganga, in facilitating investment into the country.

He said, “The eagerness of the Olusegun Aganga in handling matters expeditiously is very commendable. This is how things are supposed to be done in this country.”