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Waste not, want not in Nigeria

Niger Delta oil projects used to be among the world's worst offenders, but things are improving

Nigeria's target of eliminating routine gas flaring from oil projects by the end of the decade, while laudable, looks like a tough task, even allowing for significant progress in recent years. But new legislation aimed at tackling the issue could make it more likely. Over the past decade, the country has dropped from being the world's second largest gas flarer to seventh. Between 2013 and 2015, it reduced flaring from 9.3bn cubic metres of gas to 7.7bn cm at a time when flaring in other leading offender nations, such as Russia, Iran and the US, was on the rise, according to the World Bank-led Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership initiative. While many of the world's biggest flaring nati

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