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Gas Flares Out Not Feasible In 2008 –Shell
By Ubokikwan Gabriel, Reporter, Port Harcourt

Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) has said inadequate funding might affect its compliance with the federal government deadline on gas flaring by 2008. The company revealed that the government was owing it $1.3 billion.
The Dutch oil giants rather stated that 2011 was the most realistic year for gas flares out in the country.
SPDC’s Community Affairs director, Ubaka Emelumadu, disclosed this in Port Harcourt during a workshop organised for Rivers State legislators.
Emelumadu stressed that the 2008 deadline was not feasible as the company could not procure technical equipment that would enable it end gas flaring because of lack of funds.
The only option, he insisted, was for the SPDC to shut down some of its oil wells and flow stations in the Niger Delta. This, according to him, would cause a drop in the daily production capacity of the oil companies in the region.
He also lamented that militant activities and hostage taking had adversely affected the production of crude in the last two years.
Emelumadu revealed that over half a million barrels of oil is affected daily by the activities of militants and vandalism of major pipelines in the coastal states, stressing that the ugly situation has been hampering the company’s activities. He canvassed a tripartite relationship between the company, host communities and government agencies. Such relationship, Emelumadu said, would help the company’s operations.
Responding, leader of the Rivers State House of Aseembly, Ngozi Golden, decried the sour relationship between the legislators and the company over the years.
He called on the SPDC to change its attitude to host communities and appealed for empowerment of youths in its areas of operation to enhance peace and mutual cooperation.

Posted Date: 
19 November 2007 - 2:01pm