According to Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo), the Bonga oil field, Nigeria’s first deepwater development, has so far produced about 702 million barrels of oil since its inauguration in 2005.
The Managing Director, SNEPCo, the oil field operator, Mr. Bayo Ojulari said Bonga operated at more than 92 per cent availability in 2016.
He further said the volumes came from the Bonga main field and Bonga Phases 2 and 3 that unlocked the nearby Bonga North West field in August 2014, which has capacity for 65,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.
The Bonga Floating Production Storage and Offloading vessel receives crude and gas from production wells on the seabed and has the capacity to produce 225,000 barrels of oil and 210 million standard cubic feet of gas per day.
One of the high points of the turnaround maintenance completed in April was the engagement of about 65 Nigerian contracting and subcontracting companies. Over 1,000 people, spread across worksites and vessels, were involved in the exercise described as the biggest in scope in the 12-year history of the asset.
The exercise provided a wider benefit to the Nigerian economy by boosting demand for a range of goods and services, including offshore vessels and platforms, materials, floating hotels and helicopters.
This innovation marks a turning point in SNEPCo’s efforts to develop the capabilities of Nigerian companies in the provision of goods and services in deep-water oil and gas production.
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