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BREAKING:FG Shuts Down Santa Babara Oilfields After ‘Unfortunate’ Spill


The Federal Government on Tuesday requested the shut down of the Santa Barbara oil fields in Nembe Local Government Area of Bayelsa State over what it portrayed as an “deplorable oil spillage.”

The spill happened on November 5 inside the vicinity of Opu Nembe Community at Well 1, Well Head situated at the Southern Field of Sant Barbara.

“In a proactive measure to address the new terrible oil spillage at Santa Barbara in Nembe Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, the Federal Government has coordinated the investigation organization, AITEO Eastern Exploration and Production Company Limited (AEEPCo) to stop activities nearby until appropriate examination is done and sufficient measures set up to guarantee the security of lives and property nearby,” an assertion endorsed by Ministry of Environment representative, Saghir el Mohammed, said.

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“It tends to be reviewed that the spill happened on November 5, 2021 in a type of wellspring on inside the closeness of Opu Nembe Community at Well 1, Well Head situated at the Southern Field of Sant Barbara.

“Endless supply of the report of the episode, a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) including the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regualtory Commission (NUPRC), Bayelsa State Ministry of Environment, Community agents and Aiteo Eastern Exploration and Production Company was set up on November 6, 2021 to quickly address the circumstance. The activity was comprehensive due to unavailability to the well head area because of the hydrocarbon exhaust that soaked the climate nearby.

“Thus, the JIT coordinated AEEPCo to close in the affected resource (well head) for proper oil II reaction. As needs be, AEEPCo conveyed blasts and skimmers to contain the spill unrefined petroleum from spreading.

“As at November 10, 2021, endeavors to close in the well has demonstrated troublesome because of detachment. Be that as it may, with an end goal to defend the climate and job, staff from the NOSDRA’s Yenagoa Field Office were conveyed to the site to screen and give progress report on the actions being taken to resolve the issue. There is further orders to AEEPCo to connect all important partners in the spilled oil recuperation process.

“In this vein, 3000 barrels of emulsified unrefined petroleum have been recuperated and held in a recuperation barge. Likewise, extra blasts were sent by the Clean Nigeria Associates, a Tier II reaction (CNA) System to work with the on location recuperation project worker.

“Further exertion yielded result as control and recuperation inside the break region have been built up by fifteenth November. Clean Nigeria Associates (CNA) has activated to site for upgraded regulation and recuperation. Boot and Coots, activated for well control and getting. AEEPCo has gotten impermanent Work Permit for ostracizes expected in the country for the action. Coordinations backing and course of action develop for the Well kill movement is presently progressing.

“In light of JIT reports, a well control organization (Kenyon International) was at the episode area for an on location appraisal. In the mean time regulation and recuperation is still on-going. It is enlightening to take note of that the well head specialists have shown up Nigeria and will begin work on the killing of the well tomorrow.

“Nonetheless, to guarantee wellbeing and certification future tasks nearby by AEEPCo, NOSDRA has commanded the organization to do substantial activities to address the circumstance that incorporate tidy up of affected regions, remediation of spill site just as harm appraisal and post spill sway evaluation.

“The National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency through the Federal Ministry of Environment will keep the general population educated regarding future improvements on the spill occurrence with a work to contained additionally spread and cutoff the impact on the climate.”

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