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May 18, 2010

Shell to Reduce Nigeria Gas Flaring

Royal Dutch Shell said it plans to spend $2bn upgrading and replacing its gas-gathering facilities at 26 locations in Nigeria's Niger Delta to reduce flaring. Gas flares burn continuously from onshore oilfields in the Niger Delta, one of the world's biggest wetlands, creating a health h

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Royal Dutch Shell said it plans to spend $2bn upgrading and replacing its gas-gathering facilities at 26 locations in Nigeria’s Niger Delta to reduce flaring.

Gas flares burn continuously from onshore oilfields in the Niger Delta, one of the world’s biggest wetlands, creating a health hazard to nearby communities and contributing to global warming, according to environmentalists.

Shell’s SPDC joint venture in Nigeria said the projects, many of them previously delayed by funding or security problems, would lead to more than three quarters of its production potential being covered by gas-gathering facilities, reports Reuters.

The gas will then be available for use in power stations and by industry, which often suffers from power cuts.

Nigeria flares more gas than any other country except Russia, burning as much as 2.5 billion cubic feet of gas per day because it lacks the infrastructure to make use of it.

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