Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Limited (SNEPCo) on Monday, October 5, announced the start-up of crude oil production from the Bonga Phase Three project, offshore Nigeria.
This development makes for another milestone in Nigeria’s oil and gas industry.
The feat is coming barely three weeks after the United States oil giant, ExxonMobil Corporation, announced that its subsidiary, Esso Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited (EEPNL), had commenced oil production five months ahead of schedule at the Erha North Phase two project offshore Nigeria.
Shell’s Upstream International Director, Andrew Brown, in a statement on Monday, said the “new start up is another important milestone for Bonga, adding valuable new production to this major facility”.
He explained that the Bonga Phase three was an expansion of the Bonga Main development, with peak production expected to be some 50,000 barrels of oil equivalent.
“This will be transported through existing pipelines to the Bonga floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) facility, which has the capacity to produce more than 200,000 barrels of oil and 150 million standard cubic feet of gas a day,” Brown added.