Nigeria’s output to hit 2.1m bpd on Bonga


Nigeria’s oil production is ramping up and will shortly reach its previous volume of 2.1 million barrels per day (bpd) before Shell’s deepwater facility, Bonga, was shut down for over a month for routine turn around maintenance (TAM), it was learnt.

Shell’s Corporate Media Relations Manager Precious Okolobo confirmed that Bonga TAM has been completed and the facility has resumed operation.

He said: “Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Limited (SNEPCo) has completed the turnaround maintenance at Bonga, and resumed production at the offshore field. The activity commenced on March 4, 2017 and was completed on schedule, with the first well opened up on  April 8, 2017. Production is ramping up.

“This is another milestone for the Bonga team,” said Bayo Ojulari, SNEPCo Managing Director. Having won the ‘Asset of the Year’ Award 2016 in the Shell Group, the Bonga team ably took up the challenge of achieving the three major components of the turnaround maintenance: statutory and regulatory safety checks, inspections, repairs and replacement of equipment and upgrades.”

However, it was learnt that facility production is not at full capacity as it was before the TAM shut down. The output is being increased gradually as is the case after major turnaround maintenance.

Also oil traders, according to Reuters, confirmed the development. The traders said they were still waiting for loading programmes from Bonga. “Nigerian cargoes for May loading are clearing and the market has found support on improved buying interest amid strong refinery margins, the traders said.

“Nigeria’s Bonga oilfield resumed production after planned maintenance, but traders were still waiting for loading programmes. The bulk of the June loading schedule has been issued to the market, although programmes are yet to appear including Bonga, Erha and Yoho, the traders added.

The 225,000 bpd Bonga field, operated by Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Limited (SNEPCo), began producing in November 2005.

“This is the fourth turnaround maintenance since Bonga began production,” said Bayo Ojulari, Managing Director SNEPCo when the shutdown of the facility was announced last month. “The exercise will help ensure sustained production and reduced unscheduled production deferments. For the Bonga team, this is another opportunity to excel, having won the ‘Asset of the Year’ Award 2016 in the Shell Group, followed by runners-up in Norway and Malaysia. We are pleased that the award recognised the continuing collaboration towards optimum production with a focus on safety, cost and Nigerian content development which will be invaluable in the maintenance work.”

The turnaround maintenance involves inspections, recertification, testing and repair of equipment as well as engineering upgrades with Nigerian companies and subsea professional playing key roles. A major focus is the Bonga floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel, which is at the heart of Bonga operations. The Bonga FPSO has the capacity to produce 225,000 barrels of oil and 150 million standard cubic feet of gas per day, he stated.

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