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Shell’s long withdrawal, from colonial profits to never-ending conflict in the Niger Delta

Issue 498 - 21 Jan 2024 | 5 minute read

Shell’s creation in 1907, as a rival to American behemoth Standard Oil, produced an Anglo-Dutch company looking for global reach. Its presence in Nigeria dates back to 1936, when Shell D’Arcy was established, which was followed by a joint venture with another major, BP’s precursor company.

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