Shell Nigeria is the colloquial name for
Royal Dutch Shell's Nigerian operations carried out through four subsidiaries—primarily through Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC). Royal Dutch Shell accounts for more than 40% of Nigeria's total petroleumproduction (899,000 barrels per day (bpd) in 1997) from more than eighty fields.
Shell started business in Nigeria in 1937 as Shell D’Arcy. In 1938, the company was granted an exploration license. In 1956, Shell Nigeria discovered the first commercial oil field at Oloibiri in the
Niger Deltaand the oil export started in 1958.
hell Petroleum Development Company
Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) is the largest
fossil fuel companyin Nigeria, which operates over convert|6000|km|mi|-2 of pipelines and flowlines, 87 flowstations, 8 natural gasplants and more than 1,000 producing wells. SPDC's role in the Shell Nigeria family is typically confined to the physical production and extraction of petroleum. It is an operator of the joint venture, which composed of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation(55%), Shell (30%), Total S.A.(10%) and Eni(5%). Until relatively recently. it operated largely onshore on dry land or in the mangrove swamp.
hell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company
Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCO) was established in 1993. It operates two offshore licenses, including for the
hell Nigeria Gas
Shell Nigeria Gas (SNG) was established in 1998 for Shell Nigeria natural gas activities and natural gas transmission system operation.
hell Nigeria Oil Products
Shell Nigeria Oil Products (SNOP) was incorporated in 2000 for developing the market for Shell branded products and services, such as fuels, chemicals and lubricants.
Nigeria Liquified Natural Gas
Nigeria LNG (NLNG) is a joint venture for
liquefied natural gasproduction. Shell has a share of 25.6% in this company and is also its technical adviser. Other partners are Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (49%), Total (15%) and Eni (10.4%).
Human rights controversies
In the 1990s tensions arose between the native
Ogonipeople of the Niger Deltaand Shell. The concerns of the locals were that very little of the money earned from oil on their land was getting to the people who live there, and the environmental damages caused by Shell's practices [United Nations Economic and Social Council report "Situation of human rights in Nigeria", submitted by the Special Rapporteur of the Commission on Human Rights, Mr. Soli Jehangir Sorabjee, pursuant to Commission resolution 1997/53 [http://www.unhchr.ch/Huridocda/Huridoca.nsf/0/a55c3d667425f3cfc125660f004afbcf?Opendocument] ] . In 1993 the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People(MOSOP) organised large protests against Shell and the government, often occupying the refineries. Shell withdrew its operations from the Ogoni areas and the Nigerian government raided their villages and arrested some of the protest leaders. Some of these arrested protesters, Ken Saro-Wiwabeing the most prominent, were later executed on trumped-up charges of inciting violence, against widespread international opposition from the Commonwealth of Nations. [cite book|title=Where Vultures Feast|id=ISBN 1-85984-473-1|publisher=Verso|year=2003|last=Okonata|first=Ike|coauthors=Douglas,Oronto] .
While Shell maintained that it asked the Nigerian government for clemency towards those found guilty but its request was refused, a 2001
Greenpeacereport found that "two witnesses that accused them later admitted that Shell and the military had bribed them with promises of money and jobs at Shell. Shell admitted having given money to the Nigerian military..." cite web|url=http://archive.greenpeace.org/toxics/reports/shellreport.pdf|title="Contamination in Paulina by Aldrin, Dieldrin, Endrin and other toxic chemicals produced and disposed of by Shell Chemicals of Brazil"| accessdate=2006-06-29|year=2001|author=Karen Suassuna|publisher=Greenpeace] . Later violence in Ogoniland led to the deaths of thousands of civilians and razing of dozens of villages, with arms and ammunition supplied by Shell to the Nigerian police. [http://www.shellnews.net/PDFs/ShellacquisitionArmsAmmunition.pdf]
December 2003, Shell Nigeria acknowledged that "we sometimes feed conflict by the way we award contracts, gain access to land, and deal with community representatives" [cite news|author = BBC news|url = http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/3796375.stm|title =Shell admits fuelling corruption|date = 2004-06-11|accessdate = 2006-06-29] , and that it intends to improve on its practices [cite web|url=http://www.shell.com/static/nigeria/downloads/pdfs/annualreport_2003.pdf|title=People and the Environment Annual Report|author=The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited|year=2003|accessdate=2006-06-29] .
* [http://www.shell.com/home/Framework?siteId=nigeria&FC2=/nigeria/html/iwgen/leftnavs/zzz_lhn1_0_0.html&FC3=/nigeria/html/iwgen/welcome.html Shell Nigeria Official Homepage]
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