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NIMASA Confirms Oil Spill from Egina FPSO

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The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) said it’s working with other government agencies to protect the coastal communities and the marine environment against the Egina crude oil spill that occurred during loading operations on 15th November 2023 at about 6:30 am.

The agency said it is working closely with the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), and Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC) from the Crisis Management Room where the spill is being monitored in real-time using oil spill monitoring software from the Emergency Response Center.

The agency said the Oil Spill Response Limited from the United Kingdom is also assisting with pollution control measures.

Pointing out that the volume of spill is not yet confirmed; NIMASA said Total Energies is providing aerial surveillance, and dispersant application, while further mobilisation is being considered.

NIMASA further revealed that an investigation of the impacted area confirms that the shoreline communities of Andoni, Qua-Iboe terminals, Bonny Island, Opobo/Nkoro, and Eastern Obolo, which are closest to Egina, are not yet affected.

Bashir Jamoh, director general of NIMASA, said the agency is in collaboration with all stakeholders to control the pollution and also put in place measures to prevent such occurrences in the future, in line with provisions of the MARPOL Convention.

“Since the incident happened, our men have been liaising with other organs of government to ensure the pollution is effectively controlled and managed, to protect the marine environment and the communities close to the incident point.

“Accidents do happen, it’s what we do thereafter that matters; and the international oil company Total is working with NIMASA, NUPRC, and NOSDRA are collaborating with international service providers, which will surely ensure proper management of the spill,” he said.

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