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Only 45, not 45,000, barrels leaked out of Bayesa oil field – NOSDRA 


Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a 30-year-old graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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The National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency, NOSDRA, on Monday confirmed that 45 barrels and not 45, 000 barrels of crude oil leaked from a well head in Bayelsa on March 17.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the incident occurred on a well head owned by Shell at Angiama community.

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NOSDRA admitted on its official twitter handle that it erred in an earlier update that indicated that the spilled volume was 45,000 barrels and apologised for the error.

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When contacted by NAN, Musa Idris, the Director-General of NOSDRA, urged the public to disregard the earlier tweet on the 45, 000 barrels spill.

It will be recalled that on Friday, the agency announced that a Joint Investigative Visit (JIV) to the incident site indicated that 45,000 barrels leaked from the facility due to equipment failure.

JIV is a statutory exercise carried out by representatives of host communities, oil firm, state government and regulators to ascertain the cause and estimated volume of oil spill after a leakage is reported by operator of facility.

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The JIV report No. 0478 indicated that the oil spill adversely impacted an area of 1.2 hectares, while the post spill impact assessment was yet to be carried out.

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The report listed the incident as an operational spill and stated that recovery of leaked crude was completed on March 30.



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