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Vol 52 No 13

Published 24th June 2011


Power to the people, profits to the chiefs

Community control of oil can worsen local strife, to judge by the experience of the Neconde Group, which won the bid for Shell’s 45% of Operations Management Licence (OML) 42. Shell, the dominant oil company in the Niger Delta since 1959, has this year been moving quietly offshore, having auctioned its stakes in four oil mining leases in the Western Niger Delta. The leaked WAC Services report of 2004 predicted that security on land would make onshore production unviable (AC Vol 45 No 13, Shell-shocked).

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