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Jubilation As Shell Company Pay N7billion Compensation To Niger Delta Communities

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Jubilation As Shell Company Pay N7billion Compensation To Niger Delta Communities

Jubilation As Shell Company Pay N7billion Compensation To Niger Delta Communities

Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) has expressed its willingness to pay €15 million, equivalent to N7,109,824,809 to communities in Nigeria that were affected by multiple oil pipeline leaks in the country’s Niger Delta region.

This was stated in a release on Friday by the company.

The award is the result of a Dutch court case filed by Friends of the Earth, an international network of 73 environmental organisations.

Shell was sued by four farmers in 2008 for oil spills in their villages: Goi, Oruma, and Ikot Ada Udo.

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Four oil spills occurred between 2004 and 2007, affecting the communities.

On January 29, 2021, a Dutch appeals court ruled that SPDC must pay for oil spill damages.

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Following the decisions of The Hague’s Court of Appeal, Shell stated that it had reached an agreement with Milieudefensie, a Dutch division of Friends of the Earth, for the benefit of the communities.

The statement read, “The settlement is on a no-admission-of-liability basis, and settles all claims and ends all pending litigation related to the spills.

“Under the settlement, the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC), as operator of the SPDC joint venture, will pay an amount of EUR 15 million for the benefit of the communities and the individual claimants.

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“An independent expert has confirmed that SPDC, as operator of the SPDC joint venture, has installed a leak detection system on the 20 lines that form the KCTL pipeline in compliance with the judgment of the court of appeal of The Hague, the Netherlands.”

According to Shell, the parties agreed that the remediation was completed and certified by the relevant regulatory bodies in accordance with Nigerian law.

“The parties agree this also follows from the judgments of the court of appeal,” the company added.

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