The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has dismissed claims that Shell Petroleum Development Company (SDPC) under-reported two million barrels of crude in its oil production records between 2016 and 2018.
The DPR Spokesman, Paul Osu, who reacted to the report in a chat with journalists on Saturday, described the allegations as false and baseless.
The reports claimed that Shell had admitted the infraction and offered to refund the cost of the oil and pay a fine.
The shortfall, according to the reports, came from the Trans Niger Delta export pipeline which conveys an average of 150,000 barrels of Shell’s Bonny light crude blend to the export terminal.
But the DPR spokesman urged the public to disregard the reports.
He insisted that there was no such thing.
“There is absolutely nothing like that, kindly disregard,” Osu said.
The Media Relations Manager at Shell, Bamidele Odugbesan, also dismissed the report as false.
He described the reports as malicious and irresponsible and urged journalists to cross-check the matter with the DPR