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Delta: Seplat Activates Investigation Team On Okpe, Sapele Oil Spill Incident

…no oil seepage, spill traced to its facilities

Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc has activated a team comprising the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), and Delta State Ministry of Environment conducted a joint investigation visit, alongside the Seplat emergency response team, to investigate an oil spill incident in some households in Delta State.

Seplat had received a complaint from five households at Okpe and Sapele in Delta State, indicating the presence of hydrocarbons in their respective dug shallow water wells.

In a statement issued by the company’s General Manager, External Affairs & Communications, Dr. Chioma Nwachuku, on Wednesday, it said Seplat has prioritised the safety of the residents of the affected area by providing potable water and secured the water wells from access.

The company, however, noted that no oil leaks or seepage has been traced back to the Seplat operated facilities.

“We will continue to support the investigation and provide palliative support to the households in line with the company’s firm commitment to its robust Health, Safety and Environment culture in all areas of its operations,” the statement said.

“Seplat has carried out checks of other water boreholes in the same vicinity and have drilled additional test boreholes. None of them has any signs of hydrocarbon in the water. No oil leaks or seepage has been traced back to the Seplat operated facilities.

“We wish to thank the affected households for their co-operation and peaceful approach and to reassure them and the communities that we are expediently investigating the root cause of the incident.”

Seplat is a leading indigenous energy company in the prolific Niger Delta area of Nigeria. Seplat has built strong partnerships with its vital local communities, promoting trust and confidence amongst its various stakeholders, ultimately resulting in a stable operating environment that facilitates the creation of shared value.

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