The Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) has assured residents of Joinkrama 4 (JK 4) community in Ahoada West LGA, Rivers State of the safety of oil pipelines being laid at Adibawa oil fields in the area.
Media Relations Officer at SPDC, Mr Bamidele Odugbesan gave the assurance following complaints raised by some community members over excavation works and fitting of pipes for a new gas pipeline near their homes.
A community leader in the area, Ambrose Osuolo, said that residents were afraid that the closeness of the pipeline to their homes could endanger their lives and property.
“We are disturbed because there are lots of buildings on this line right side as you approach the community, they have diverted the pipeline, crossing the road to the other side but they should pass the pipes through the bush,” News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quoted him as saying.
“Even the side they have diverted to, there are lots of buildings.
“The distance between the pipeline and buildings is not up to five meters, so owners of the buildings are all scared.
“Shell had surveyed the bush where to route this pipeline in the past; a virgin bush.
“But we do not see why they are now passing the gas pipeline through the community.”
But reacting on Friday, May 10, Odugbesan said that the residents had no reason to fear as the company had no or new ongoing gas project in the area.
He disclosed that ongoing work at SPDC’s field at Adibawa was limited to replacement of existing crude pipelines within its right of way.
Odugbesan said, “SPDC is not laying any gas pipelines in the area in question. However, there’s sectional replacement of existing old flowlines in Adibawa within SPDC’s right of way.”