Royal Dutch Shell, Nigeria's largest foreign investor paid the Nigerian government $6,397,325,844 as oil production entitlement, taxes, royalties and fees arising from the company's activities involving oil and gas exploration, development and extraction in the year 2018.
The Anglo-Dutch company disclosed this in its annual sustainability report published, yesterday, explaining that $3,776,418,858 was paid as production entitlement, $976,593,706 as fees, and $ 358,161,091 as royalties and $1,286,152,191 as taxes to Nigeria.
Analysis of the report showed that the mount paid by the company in 2018 is about $2bn higher than $4.3bn it paid to the Nigerian government in 2017.
A breakdown of the payments received by entities on behalf of the Nigerian government showed the largest chunk of $3,776,418,858 payment went to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) as government's share of oil production from projects operated by Shell. The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) received $1.28bn as taxes also on behalf of the Federal Government.
The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) on behalf of the government received $358,161,09 as royalties and $895,062,325 as fees while the sum of $81,531,381 was paid to the Niger Delta Development Commission NDDC) as fees.
Analysis of the report also showed that just as in 2017, the total paid to Nigeria by Shell is the highest to any of about 34 countries where the oil giant operates worldwide including UK, Germany, US, Qatar, Canada and Brazil.
The closest country to Nigeria is Malaysia, which received $4,750,124,510, followed by Norway with $4,210,963,976 and Oman with $3,214,036,496.
Meanwhile, one of the largest oil and gas producers in Nigeria, Exxon Mobil has reportedly held talks on the sale of a suite of oil and gas fields in Nigeria as the company focuses on new developments in US shale and Guyana.