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Brief: 2018 Nigerian oil industry environmental performance index

Summary This report provides a comparative assessment of the environmental performance of 43 oil companies operating in Nigeria in 2018. This is the first environmental performance index (the Index) by SDN. It is based on the amount of oil spilled and gas flared (burnt off) by each company in the ...
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Policy brief: A leaky system

Strengthening monitoring of oil-related imports and exports in Nigeria Summary This brief summarises research on the potential of commercial and independent data to strengthen monitoring of maritime oil-related imports and exports in Nigeria. It also provides an overview of how approaches, such as remote sensing, could be employed to track ...
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Policy brief: Dirty fuel

An analysis of official and unofficial petroleum products in the Niger Delta Summary Official fuel quality regulation must be enforced to stem widespread toxic air quality in Nigeria.

Research in the Niger Delta suggests that low quality, highly toxic fuels are imported into the country by international commodity traders, who ...
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Women’s priorities for increased political participation in Rivers State

Summary Across Nigeria, women are severely underrepresented at all levels of governance and face substantial social and economic barriers that hinder their active participation in politics. The situation in the Niger Delta is particularly difficult, due to highly competitive and violent aspects of politics and poor resource management by ...
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Pipeline surveillance contracts in the Niger Delta

Pipeline surveillance contracts are awarded to private firms by government agencies and oil companies. Surveillance contractors are ostensibly tasked with monitoring sections of oil pipeline, identifying any breaks and protecting them from vandalism. However, the concept of pipeline surveillance contracts in the Niger Delta is a misnomer. They rarely ...
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Niger Delta Watch 2019 weekly briefs

In November and December 2018, we trained nearly 100 citizen Election Observers, Social Media Analysts, and Data Analysts as project team members to take part in Niger Delta Watch 2019. They were based across the Niger Delta, and submitted incident reports and other analysis on events which related to a ...
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Policy briefs: HCB and PIGB – what you need to know

Today SDN publishes two policy briefs looking at key pieces of Nigerian oil sector legislation. They examine the environmental aspects of the legislation, should it be passed – and what this will mean for the people of the Niger Delta. The policy briefs highlight that while there may be ...
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Agitators to legislators

The migration of ex-militants into Niger Delta politics Since the 2009 start of the Niger Delta amnesty programme, dozens of self-described former ‘agitators’ (ex-militants) have migrated out of the creeks and into politics. Initially, many acted as political thugs, or ‘godfathers’, to help mainstream politicians win elections, in exchange ...
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Flashpoint reports on Nigeria's 2015 election

Reports from a team of election observers across Delta, Bayelsa, and Rivers States helped to substantiate crowd-sourced text-reports, and, together, informed a series of 11 election eNewsletters to brief key stakeholders on emerging issues to focus on before they escalate, and summary reports on Delta, Bayelsa, and Rivers State. These ...
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A Closer Look at the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB)

The Nigerian government has long pledged its intent to overhaul the petroleum industry, entrenching efficiency and transparency in both upstream and downstream sectors, bringing operations in line with international standards. Yet the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), which seeks to increase government revenue from oil and lay down a strengthened legal ...
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JIV Next Steps for Improving the JIV forms and related aspect of the JIV process

Joint Investigation Visit (JIV) is a visit to oil spill sites usually carried out within two weeks of an onshore oil spill in Nigeria. It is designed to assess the cause of the spill, the amount spilled and the scale and extent of damage and environmental impact. JIVs are usually ...
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Nigeria Gas Flare Tracker – Briefing Document

The Gas Flare Tracker system provides data and insight that will help guide regulation, incentives and investment aimed at reducing gas flaring and its impacts while increasing energy security and prosperity for Niger Delta communities and Nigeria as a whole. The application is an online map that displays a number of ...
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