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Contractor recovers two million litres of crude in Ogoni clean up

By Obinna Nwaoku, Port Harcour
25 October 2021   |   3:02 am
Contractors in charge of the Bodo community clean up in Gokana Local Council of Rivers State have said two million litres of crude oil were recovered from the ongoing exercise in the area.

Ogoni Clean Up

Contractors in charge of the Bodo community clean up in Gokana Local Council of Rivers State have said two million litres of crude oil were recovered from the ongoing exercise in the area.

The cleanup is being carried out by Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC).

The oil spill in Bodo occurred in 2008 as a result of corrosion from a pipeline operated by SPDC.

Speaking during an inspection of the site by members of Oilwatch International (one of the contractors handling the job), Project Manager of Giolee Global Services, Dr. Evidence Enoch, noted that since the programme commenced in 2017, “We have recovered over two million litres of crude. Some days, we recover up to 25,000 litres. The clean up is run by Shell, the Netherlands, and Bodo Mediation Initiative. The job we are doing is actually the true definition of clean up.”

He said: “The Bodo clean up is very different from the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP) cleanup. HYPREP is carrying out remediation. Clean up is the scientific process of cleaning up debris and sludge while remediation deals with soil and groundwater.

“The spill, here, came from hydrocarbon pollution that happened in the Bodo community in 2008 and 2009. It became a process of ligation in The Hague and Shell was indicted. There was a compromise judgment that led to what we are doing here.”

Enoch noted that the recovered crude is being recycled and re-injected into the system. “This recovered crude is made up of water, debris, mud, and crude. So, we usually send it for recycling. By recycling, the debris, water, and mud are separated from the crude, while the crude is re-injected into the system and sold as export,” he added.