Nigeria oil spill contained - Shell

Royal Dutch Shell says it has managed to contain the worst oil spill off Nigeria's shores in more than a decade.

The spill on December 20 released 40 000 barrels of oil into the Atlantic Ocean, but Shell said in a statement late on Monday that it had “largely dispersed.”

A section of an oil spill is seen off the coast of the Niger Delta in Nigeria. Credit: AP

An investigation was under way and the company said it would continue to monitor the area.

Shell said it did not believe any oil had reached shore. Sapa-dpa