Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company, Shells deep-water subsidiary in Nigeria, has begun oil production from the first well at the Bonga North West deep-water development offshore Nigeria, marking another milestone for the countrys energy industry.
The Bonga project, which is operated by SNEPCo with 55% stake, began oil and gas production in 2005 and was Nigeria’s first deep-water development in water depths over 1,000m.
Under a production sharing contract with the Nigerian National Petroleum, the Bonga project is also owned by Esso Exploration & Production Nigeria (Deepwater) (20%), Total E&P Nigeria (12.5%) and Nigerian Agip Exploration (12.5%).
Shell Upstream International director Andrew Brown said: “It’s also good news for Nigeria, as it is a new source of oil revenues and strengthens Nigeria’s deep-water expertise, a key driver of economic development.”
The Bonga North West sub-sea facilities’ oil will be transported to the existing Bonga floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) export facility, by a new undersea pipeline.
The FPSO is connected with four oil producing wells and two water injection wells in the Bonga North West development to load oil onto tankers for shipping around the world.
The Bonga North West project is part of Shell’s efforts to develop deep-water engineering skills in Nigeria.