Shell poised to sell four oilfields and a pipeline in Nigeria

Shell has struck a deal to sell some of its onshore oil and gas fields in the Niger delta amid rising concern about oil spills, sabotage and industrial-scale theft from Nigerian wells and pipelines of up to 400,000 barrels a day. Last summer, Ben van Beurden, the new chief executive, promised to scale down operations in Nigeria and is now poised to sell four fields and a pipeline for what some believe could be $5bn (