From CLEM ONYEMAECHI, Yenagoa:
Aiteo Eastern Exploration and Production, operator of Oil Mining License, (OML) 29 on Monday announced shut in of oil production activities following fresh oil leak identified at its Nembe Creek Trunk Line (NCTL) project in Bayelsa State.
“Less than 24hrs after starting up the NCTL from repairs of identified leak points occasioned by activities of oil thieves, 2 new leak points were reported along the line near Awoba Riser Manifold.
“Our emergency response process was immediately activated, and containment boom deployed to limit oil spread on bodies of water whilst efforts to identify cause of incident/repair have been initiated.
“Consequently, all injectors have been advised in accordance with NCTL shutdown procedure to shut-in production into the NCTL immediately. Appropriate Oil Leakage/Spillage Notification Report will follow shortly to DPR/NOSDRA,” a statement signed by Spokesman of the oil company, Mathew Ndiana said on Monday.
Meanwhile, management of Aiteo has restated its commitment to the development of its host community in order to achieve an amicable relationship.
The company gave the assurance at a meeting with representatives of the Nembe Community, Bayelsa State, hosts of the NCTL Project.
A statement signed by the Spokesman of the oil company, Mathew Ndiana said that a section of the Nembe Community, Bayelsa State on Monday converged, without prior notice, on and barricaded the entrance to Aiteo’s logistics base interrupting normal work operations and ignoring the intervention of the State security task force.
According to Ndiana following protracted engagement with the community people, they agreed to disband, while leaving behind representatives to present their demands to the company.
The statement noted that the action of the community coincided with the resumption of operations of the NCTL. “These disturbances disrupt our operations and lead to production deferment which affects not just the company but revenues accruing to the government and people of Nigeria”.
The statement stressed that the company is doing all it could to carry along the host community in its operations, pointing out that the Nembe Community provides most of the supply, logistics and security contracts in the company’s local operations.
“Apart from encouraging community participation in this manner, the company has, in addition, continued to provide considerable amenities and services directly to the community in a most beneficial and impactful way. Hence, we remain open and are committed to constructive dialogue for the development of both the nation and the community.
“It takes several layers of engagement to get key deliverables to the community as the asset is operated under a joint venture with NNPC, therefore, key decisions must be made upon due consultation with all stakeholders.
“We appeal to our host communities, our partners in development, to patiently await the final outcome of ongoing processes initiated to implement sustainable development for all parties”, the statement added.