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Shell Exits Onshore Oil Exploration in Nigeria 

Shell Exits Onshore Oil Exploration in Nigeria 
Samara, Russia - January 8, 2018: Emblem of the Royal Dutch Shell oil company against the blue sky

Touchaheart – In a landmark move signaling a major shift in its Nigerian operations, global energy giant Shell has announced the sale of its onshore oil subsidiary,

The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC), marking an end to its direct involvement in onshore oil exploration in the Niger Delta.

This strategic decision, announced on Tuesday through an official statement, sees Shell handing the reins of SPDC to Renaissance, a consortium of five entities: four indigenous Nigerian exploration and production companies and a renowned international energy group.

Notably, the sale, while marking a significant departure for Shell, is designed to ensure a seamless transition and continued operational excellence for SPDC.

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A Smooth Handover Ensures Stability

While Shell relinquishes ownership, it prioritizes continuity and stability for SPDC and its stakeholders. The sale agreement safeguards:

Retention of expertise: Essential technical knowledge, management systems, and processes within the SPDC Joint Venture will remain intact, ensuring smooth operations.

Job security: SPDC’s existing workforce will be retained throughout the transition, minimizing disruptions and providing job stability.

Partnership for progress: Shell’s commitment to Nigeria’s energy needs continues. The company will maintain a role in overseeing the management of SPDC JV facilities, ensuring uninterrupted feed gas supply to Nigeria LNG and supporting the country’s energy demands.

Shell Charts a Course for Deepwater and Integrated Gas

This strategic move aligns with Shell’s global portfolio optimization efforts, aimed at refocusing investments towards Deepwater and Integrated Gas positions.

By exiting onshore oil exploration in the Niger Delta, Shell is positioning itself for future growth in areas aligned with its long-term vision.

Quotes That Capture the Moment:

Zoe Yujnovich, Shell’s Integrated Gas and Upstream Director:

“This agreement marks an important milestone for Shell in Nigeria…simplifying our portfolio and focusing future disciplined investment in Nigeria on our Deepwater and Integrated Gas positions…SPDC will move to its next chapter under the ownership of an experienced, ambitious Nigerian-led consortium.”

Shell statement: “SPDC’s staff will continue to be employed by the company as it transitions to new ownership…Shell sees a bright future in Nigeria with a positive investment outlook for its energy sector.”

A Pivotal Moment in Nigeria’s Energy Journey

Shell’s exit from onshore oil exploration marks a significant turning point for Nigeria’s energy sector.

The transfer of ownership to a Nigerian-led consortium signifies a growing indigenous presence in the industry, potentially paving the way for increased local participation and expertise.

While the full implications of this strategic shift are yet to unfold, one thing is certain:

Shell’s decision to withdraw from onshore oil exploration in the Niger Delta represents a major milestone in the evolution of Nigeria’s energy landscape, opening doors for new players and promising exciting possibilities for the future.

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