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Agip shuts down oilfields in Bayelsa over oil spillage

By Marius Eze

Wednesday May 12, 2021

 

The Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) on Wednesday May 12, 2021, confirmed an oil leak from its Idu oilfields at Egbebiri settlement within Biseni community of Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.

The cause of the leakage according to the Joint Investigative Visit (JIV) report on the incident is traced to equipment failure due to a ruptured wellhead.

In a statement on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, Eni, parent company of NAOC, said the facility was shut down to prevent further damage to the environment.

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The statement by the Italian Energy firm read: “As soon as the incident was reported, we activated our oil spill response, shut in the well and notified government regulatory agencies.

“The joint investigation visit (JIV) was carried out on May 9, 2021 with the participation of community representatives and the government regulatory agencies.

“The event occurred within the company’s well head location which is paved and walled round. There is no significant third party impact.”

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