07 January 2014, Lagos: Dubril Oil Company Limited Monday lamented the loss of 200 barrels of crude oil per day out of its daily production of 340 barrels, following a rupture on one of its pipelines at Ughoton in Edo State which it said led to a shut-in of the oil well.
The company’s Community Relations Officer, Mr. Clement Seweje, who disclosed this in Benin City at a press conference, explained that the rupture which resulted in oil spill of less than one barrel, occurred on December 28, 2013, along the Udo-Ughoton-Gelegele Road in Ovia North-East Local Government Area of the state.
He, however, said the ruptured pipe had been mended, adding that the company would resume production when Ughoton community allows it to so.
“The oil spill did not cause any damage contrary to claim by the Ughoton community,” the Community Relations Officer disclosed, saying Dubril plans to raise its crude oil production to 2,000 barrels per day by the third quarter of this year.
Noting that Dubril had been discharging its corporate social responsibility to the host community, Seweje debunked the allegation by Ughoton community that the company neglected it.
He listed some of the amenities Dubril provided for Ughoton to include electricity, scholarships, health centre, town-hall, renovation of primary school, empowerment programme for 14 youths and provision of employment.
Seweje lamented that though the company pays taxes and rates to the state government and Ovia North-East Local Government Area, authorities of the two governments have not come to its aid during its face-off with Ughoton community. (This Day)