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Shell Nigeria
  • Shell Nigeria is selling off major stakes in the west African country.
  • Critics blame the government of Nigeria for allowing the sell at a time the oil giant is facing suits on oil spills.
  • Activists want Shell Nigeria to be held responsible for alleged decades of oil spills.

Shell Nigeria has sold off major stakes in the Western African country, sparking chatter that the move could be just a ploy to escape oil spill charges in the country. On the other hand, there is an argument that the Shell move is just a numbers game, a move to cut losses in troubled onshore Nigeria stakes in favor of its offshore investments.

Which of the two is true? Is Shell shedding off investments in on-land fossil fuels to redirect its resources to less-hassle offshore exploration, or is the British oil giant simply running away from oil spill charges?

Media has reported …

Shell exits Nigeria's oil and gas sector
  • After nearly a century, Shell has decided to exit Nigeria’s oil and gas sector.
  • Shell has faced persistent challenges over the years, grappling with numerous onshore oil spills caused by theft, sabotage, and operational difficulties.
  • In December 2022, Shell agreed to pay $15.9 million in damages to communities in Nigeria’s Niger Delta impacted by numerous oil leaks.

After nearly a century, Shell has decided to exit the Nigerian oil and gas sector. The British multinational is selling Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC), the entity that owns onshore oil assets in the nation’s Niger Delta region.

As fate would have it, Shell is selling SPDC to the Renaissance consortium, an alliance of ND Western, Aradel Holdings Plc, First E&P, the Waltersmith Group, Petroleum Development Company Limited and Petrolin.

This deal, reported at a value of $1.3 billion, with further payments of up to $1.1 billion, could offer local …