“For the Niger Delta describe and explain how the exploitation of a named energy source has brought both benefits and problems”

25 mark AS geography question on the Niger Delta and Shell oil

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"For the Niger Delta describe and explain how the
exploitation of a named energy source has brought both
benefits and problems"

The Niger Delta is located in southern Nigeria in West Africa approximately
600km south east of Lagos, and 600km south of Abuja (the capital). The Delta
covers 20,000km² and…

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Nigeria is the world's second largest gas flarer after
Russia. A by-product of Gas flaring is natural gas which is
useful for electricity. There are around 70 million cubic
metres flared each year in Nigeria. The practice has been
said to release more greenhouse gases than any other
emissions source…

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On the other hand, the introduction of oil to the Delta is not all bad. SPDC has
effectively created dependency with community engagement programmes
from the 1980's. The programme has focused on large infrastructure projects
and has led to the creation of 34 hospitals and over 250 new roads in…

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In conclusion, from the beginning SPDC has always faced an enormous
challenge in finding enough oil in a conflict ridden, fragile country to sustain the
needs of the global want for oil. Therefore SPDC, as the largest operator in the
Niger Delta, has the greatest expectation placed upon it. Neither…

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