Shell management has said it feels strongly about this issue and believes this certification process would help. Such certification could be handled by Nigeria's Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) to correctly identify the origin of any Nigerian crude.
Shell says it is losing as much as 100,000 barrels per day of Nigerian crude, mainly Bonny Light and Forcados blends, to thieves tapping its pipelines and siphoning oil to ships on high seas. Some industry sources put total Nigerian losses at the height of the problem at a staggering 200,000 bpd.
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