26 June 2012, Sweetcrude, Lagos – Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL), operator of the NNPC/Chevron Joint Venture, has confirmed it plans to address letters of claims it has received from lawyers and representatives of some communities in Bayelsa State and beyond over the rig fire incident that occurred at Funiwa 1A natural gas well on Jan. 16, 2012 approximately six miles (10 km) off the coast of Nigeria.
“The company will address each claim on its own merit,” said company spokesperson, Deji Haastrup. An integrated independent body, comprising representatives of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL), Bayelsa State Government, Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), and Regional Development Committees (RDCs) of communities, is being set up. Other participants will include National Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) and Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs). “The body will review all reports of environmental and health assessments and evaluate each claim on its individual merit,” Haastrup confirmed.
As much as possible, CNL has shared information about the incident and what caused it. The Company has engaged government officials, NGOs, and residents of communities, listening to their concerns and explaining what happened and how the Company is responding.
CNL operates with the highest safety standards in the industry. In all its activities, CNL is committed to operating in a safe and environmentally responsible manner. The safety of people and the environment is one of our top priorities.