Shell Nigeria halts Bonga production for maintenance

Royal Dutch Shell PLC’s Nigerian unit has halted production from its Bonga deepwater oil and natural gas field for turnaround maintenance that involves inspections, recertification, and any needed equipment repairs.

Royal Dutch Shell PLC’s Nigerian unit has halted production from its Bonga deepwater oil and natural gas field for turnaround maintenance that involves inspections, recertification, and any needed equipment repairs.

Bonga, 75 miles offshore Nigeria, began production in November 2005 (OGJ Online, Dec. 1, 2005). It has capacity to produce 225,000 b/d of oil and 150 MMscfd of gas.

hell Nigeria Exploration & Production Co. Ltd. spokesman Bamidele Odugbesan said production was stopped Mar. 4 and is expected to resume sometime in April. No specific date was cited.

SNEPCo operates the Bonga project as contractor with 55% interest under a production-sharing contract with Nigerian National Petroleum Co., which holds the lease for OML 118 where Bonga field is located. Partners are Esso Exploration & Production Nigeria Ltd. 20%, Total E&P Nigeria Ltd. 12.5%, and Nigerian Agip Exploration Ltd. 12.5%.

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