Guide to World Crudes: ExxonMobil assays Bonga crude

ExxonMobil Corp. conducted an assay of the Bonga crude that recently started production off Nigeria. On Nov. 28, 2005, Royal Dutch Shell PLC reported the start of oil production from the giant field in more than 1,000 ft of water (OGJ, Dec. 12, 2005, p. 9).Shell plans to ramp up production quickly to 225,000 b/d of crude and 150 MMscfd of gas.The 60-sq km Bonga field, on Oil Prospecting License 212, is the second deepwater field to come on stream off the West African country. The first was Eni SPA’s Abo oil field, which started production in 2003 (OGJ, Feb. 14, 2005, p. 18).The $3.6-billion Bonga development project will increase Nigeria’s oil production by 10%.Fig. 1 shows a ...

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