24 July 2015, Oleh – The people of Uzere in Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta State have urged the federal government to prevail on the management of Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, to relinquish the abandoned Uzere East OML 28 oil field and grant them the privilege to acquire and put it to maximum use.
They also called for the establishment of a modular refinery and gas processing plant in the community to utilise the abundant crude and gas reserves in the area which they estimated at 15 billion cubic feet.
The community, in a statement signed by its President-General, Comrade Columbus Oguname, noted that the oil field with about 35, 000 barrels per day capacity had remained shut by SPDC since November 29, 2011.
The statement read: “The continuous closure of the oil field has not only robbed the federal and the state governments of huge revenue but the Uzere community is also deprived of accruable benefits in terms of employment, contracts, scholarship amongst others.
“The community has gone through hell while SPDC finally dis-invested its assets in Uzere West OML 30 in 2012 and now being operated by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, NPDC.”