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Aminigboko Community of Abua/Odual L.G.A. vs. SPDC/Shell

Case overview

Date filed 16 May 2019
Current status Presentado
Issue Shell's violation of guidelines in Aminigboko Community
Summary of the case On 16 May 2019 a specific instance was filed by the Uwema Aminigboko Community, Council of Chiefs and Elders and Community Development Committee, Emughan Clan, in the Abua/Odual Local Government Area of Rivers State, Nigeria against the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC). The complaint concerns activities of Shell in the Enwhe Field Development Project - Gbaran Phase 3 of OML 22, located in the Aminigboko Community.

SPDC has been operating in this area since the 1960s, and has been drilling and transporting oil through the pipeline since the early 1970s. Mobilization and construction of the Enwhe Field Development - Gbaran Phase 3 commenced in October 2017. The proposed project includes construction of two gas plants, drilling of over twenty oil/gas wells, building additional roads, and construction of 35km of pipeline.

The complainants allege that SPDC violated the OECD Guidelines by declining to disclose to the public the Project's Environmental Impact Assessment Final Report, not implementing the Freedom to Operate Agreement, and declining to approve appointment of a community-recommended Community Liaison Officer for the project, instead appointing and imposing external representatives onto the Aminigboko Community. The complainants also allege that SPDC declined to approve a Rivers State government interface representative, instead establishing a parallel leadership structure. SPDC allegedly declined to provide social and sustainable intervention following devastating oil pollution in 2010, and also forcefully entered onto the community's land with military protection and without engagement or consent. Furthermore, SPCD refused to grant an audience request for community engagement and their correspondence platform failed to attend to the complaints raised in respect to the project.

The complainants are seeking mediation from the Dutch NCP to facilitate dialogue and help resolve the ongoing crisis in the Aminigboko Community.
Relevant OECD Guidelines
Case keywords Industrias extractivas / Sector minero, Los derechos humanos, Publicación de informaciones

NCP Information

NCP name National Contact Point Netherlands
NCP address The Hague, Netherlands
NCP website
Other NCPs involved


Company Information

Company responsible Shell Petroleum and Development Company
Company address
Company website
Company in violation Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria
Country of operations Nigeria
Other companies involved

Timeline of developments

Date Actor Action Description Document
9 October 2019 Aminigboko Community of Abua/Odual L.G.A presentar Following conference call on 1 October 2019 with Dutch NCP, Aminigboko community issued additional relevant documents to the issues raised in the complaint. download pdf (2037Kb)  
1 October 2019 National Contact Point Netherlands reunión Aminigboko community had telephone conference with Dutch NCP on 1 October 2019.  
16 May 2019 Aminigboko Community of Abua/Odual L.G.A presentar Filed complaint to Dutch NCP. download pdf (9793Kb)  

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