Sequel to recent Dutch appeal court judgment passed on Shell Nigeria operations as regards to environmental pollution caused by incessant oil spillages encroaching farmlands, Royal Dutch Shell has decided to take another hard look at its onshore oil operations in Nigeria owing to continued problems with theft and sabotage, Chief Executive Ben van Beurden said on Thursday as reported by Reuters.

A Dutch appeals court on Friday held Shell’s Nigerian subsidiary responsible for multiple oil pipeline leaks in the Niger Delta and ordered it to pay unspecified damages to farmers as compensation to the damages of their crops as a result of oil polluted farmlands.

But in responds to the above judgment, Shell still maintains that the spills were caused by sabotage. In November, it also lost a Nigerian high court case that could lead to $44 million in damages for spills.

“Our onshore oil position, despite all the efforts we put in against theft and sabotage, is under challenge,” van Beurden told reporters, saying it was a headache.

Shell’s Nigerian onshore joint venture SPDC has sold about 50% of its oil assets over the past decade, he said.

“But developments like we are still seeing at the moment mean that we have to take another hard look at our position in onshore oil in Nigeria.”

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