Shell starts oil production from Bonga North West off Nigeria

Royal Dutch Shell PLC reported the start of oil production from the first well at its Bonga North West deepwater development, drilled in 1,000 m of water offshore Nigeria. Operated by Shell subsidiary Shell Nigeria Exploration & Production Co. Ltd. (SNEPCo), the development is expected at peak production to contribute 40,000 boe/d to the Bonga development.

The $3.6 billion Bonga development project, which began producing oil and gas in late 2005, was Nigeria’s first deepwater development in water deeper than 1,000 m (OGJ Online, Dec. 1, 2005). The 60-sq-km Bonga field lies on OPL 212.

Oil from Bonga North West is transported by a subsea pipeline to an existing Bonga floating production, storage, and offloading vessel that has been upgraded to handle the additional flow. Shell expects four oil-producing wells and two water-injection wells to be connected to the FPSO, from which oil will be loaded on tankers.

SNEPCo holds a 55% stake in the Bonga project. Partners include Esso Exploration & Production Nigeria (Deepwater) Ltd., Total E&P Nigeria Ltd., and Nigerian Agip Exploration Ltd. under a production-sharing contract with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corp.

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