Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo) has said it would challenge any attempt by the Federal Government to impose penalty on it for last December's oil spill at the deep offshore field, Bonga.
SNEPCo operates the 225,000 barrels per day deepwater field as a contractor for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), under a Production Sharing Contract (PSC) arrangement.
In a statement Wednesday, the Managing Director of SNEPCo, Mr. Chike Onyejekwe, said some parties alleged that oil from the Bonga spill impacted communities, the shoreline, rivers and creeks.
He however stated that the spill that impacted on the communities and the creeks did not come from Bonga but from third party facilities.
Onyejekwe further stated that at the last week's hearing before the House of Representatives Committee on Environment, the National Oil Spill Detection and Remediation Agency (NOSDRA) also "confirmed that its analysis did not show any significant agreement between the fingerprint values from Bonga oil samples and those from the communities". Read more...