Government to Ask for Compensation From Shell on Bonga Spill

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The effects on the water of an oil spill in Nigeria, photo taken 28 January 2008.

Nigeria will “soon” ask for  compensation for an oil spill from Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA),  Europe’s largest oil company, President Goodluck Jonathan said.

A spill last month from the 200,000 barrel-a-day Bonga  field off Nigeria, which produces nearly 10 percent of Nigeria’s  crude, led Shell to stop production from the facility, the  company said on Dec. 21. The export line at Bonga leaked almost  40,000 barrels of crude during a tanker loading, according to  Shell estimates, making it Nigeria’s worst offshore spill in  more than a decade.

Nigeria will be asking for compensations “with a view to  reaching an amicable solution to the problem,” Jonathan said in  a meeting with Ban Ki-Moon, the United Nations secretary- general, on the sidelines of the 18th African Union Ordinary  Session of the heads of state and governments in Addis Ababa,  the Ethiopian capital, according to a statement e-mailed today.

A phone call by Bloomberg to Shell’s office in Lagos,  Nigeria, after hours was unanswered, and there was no answer at  the mobile phone number of a company spokesman


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