03 March 2019, Sweetcrude, Lagos — Dutch oil company, Shell will be charged in two separate explosion cases in Nigeria.
The firm currently facing a fresh trial in London for its role in the $1.3 billion acquisition of a Nigerian offshore oilfield, OPL 245 in 2011, according to filings, would also be charged in two domestic cases relating to an explosion at a petrochemical facility, and emissions.
Names of the two Nigerian companies filing the charges against the IOC was not mentioned.
Shell, had recently, faced protests over earthquakes linked to production from the country’s Groningen gas field.
In another two environmental cases in the Netherlands, Dutch prosecutors said Shell face charges relating to an explosion at its Moerdijk petrochemical facility in June 2014 that resulted in a series of explosions and a large fire, Reuters had reported.
It will also be prosecuted for allegedly exceeding ethylene oxide emission limits for a period of two months in late 2015 and early 2016, Dutch prosecutors said. Both cases will be the heard at hearings scheduled for May 14 and 16.
A Shell spokesman said of those two cases: “We deeply regret what has happened and understand that prosecutors have taken action. We have taken measures to prevent this from happening again.”