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Nigeria finally ends oil spill in Nembe after a month of pollution

A wellhead that has been spilling oil and gas in Nigeria’s Bayelsa state has been successfully shut, more than a month after it started polluting the Delta creeks, the state’s minister for petroleum has said.

Nigerian oil firm Aiteo Eastern E&P reported the “extremely high order” leak from the Santa Barbara wellhead that it jointly owns with state oil company NNPC in early November. Weeks later, the wellhead was still violently spewing oil and gas.

“We have put out the leak at SBAS-1. We are grateful for all the support,” minister Timipre Sylva said in a statement.

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Sylva said the next stage was to carry out a comprehensive service of the wellhead as well as clean up the surrounding area.

An Aiteo spokesman said he would issue a statement later. The company said previously it had contracted Halliburton subsidiary Boots & Coots to stop the spill.

A senate resolution on Tuesday said the leak had spewed two million barrels of oil and gas equivalent into the Niger Delta creeks and mangrove swamps, which are among some of the most polluted areas on earth after decades of gas and oil exploration.

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