Environment

PANDEF, HOSTCOM disagree over oil pipeline security

The plan by the Federal Government to recruit youths of the Niger Delta for security of oil and gas assets in the region is now being threatened with altercation between  The Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) and leadership of Host Communities of Nigeria, producing Oil and Gas (HOSTCOM) as to which group would be responsible for the exercise aimed at creating jobs as well as protection of the pipelines.
 

FG trains 10,000 to combat threats to oil installations

Determined to reduce the rising cases of crude oil theft and pipeline vandalism in the Niger Delta region, 10,000 youths drawn from 19 states are presently being trained to curtail the menace.

Youths from Edo, Delta, Rivers, Cross River, Bayelsa, Ondo, Ogun, Lagos, Kogi, Niger, Abia, Imo, Kaduna, Gombe, Akwa-Ibom, Anambra and Osun, among others, are being trained on community policing of oil installations and safeguarding pipelines.

Nigeria unlikely to cut fuel sulphur level anytime soon - Rainoil

Nigeria’s efforts to cut sulphur levels in its fuel imports are unlikely to succeed this year, the head of a major Nigerian downstream company told the Platts refining conference in Brussels.
 
The government has delayed its target to slash allowed sulphur on imports to 50 parts per million (ppm) for diesel and 150 ppm for gasoline from July to December, but Rainoil managing director Gabriel Ogbechie said the chances of meeting the fresh deadline are nil.
 
“I don’t see that happening,” Ogbechie said.
 

Clean cooking push suffers from "shocking" lack of funding

Funding to boost the numbers of people with access to electric power and clean cooking is too low to meet the global goal for everyone to have modern, reliable and affordable energy by 2030, international organisations said on Monday.
 
Just over three billion people still use traditional, solid fuels like firewood and dung to cook, the latest data shows.
 

Sulphurous fuels flow to West Africa as ban deadline elapses

Nigeria and several other West African states are not expected to implement rules banning imports of sulphur-heavy fuels until Dec. 1 at the earliest after missing summer deadlines, drawing the ire of health campaigners pushing for cleaner air.

Nigeria, Togo, Ivory Coast and Benin promised in late 2016 to ban the use of fuel packed with sulphur that is a major air pollutant, particularly in cities. Such fuel has long been illegal in Western nations and is increasingly outlawed in the developing world. But deadlines for bans in the four West African states keep being pushed back.

Sunken Greek tanker spills oil near Athens

Emergency crews were scrambling on Tuesday to contain an oil spill near Athens after an old tanker sank close to Salamis island over the weekend.
 
The coastguard said an entire bay on the southeast of the island had been affected after the Agia Zoni II, carrying 2,500 metric tonnes of fuel, sank.
 
The spill extends over 1.5 kilometres and the full clean-up will likely require four months, greater Athens fisheries councillor Voula Toutountzi revealed.
 

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