ExxonMobil in Nigeria has recorded another oil spill at its Qua Iboe oil field, this one described by community members as the worst since the firm commenced operations over 40 years ago.
SaharaReporters sources at the oil terminal said that the spill occurred at the Idoho oil platform, the oldest oil facility within the oil field, known to have dilapidated pipelines and equipment.
An official of the National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) told SaharaReporters by telephone that the oil firm had admitted the discharge of crude oil into the Atlantic from its operations.
“We have a report from Mobil that they had a spill at their field and we have dispatched our officers to the spill location to access the impact,” the official said. “They are estimating that the spilled volume is between 50 and 100 barrels but that is not a reliable estimate as the investigation would determine the quantity of oil discharged into the environment.”
It would be recalled that twice last August on the 13th and 23rd, two separate spills occurred within the Qua Iboe oil fields operated by Mobil.
A statement on the latest incident signed by Mr Paul Arinze, General Manager, Public and Government Affairs in Mobil, said an investigation was underway.
“Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited (MPN), operator of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC/MPN) Joint Venture, confirms that on November 9 an oil release occurred offshore Akwa Ibom State.