Port Harcourt, Nigeria | – Anglo-Dutch Shell’s deep-water subsidiary in Nigeria, Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Limited (SNEPCo) on Wednesday unveiled plans to drill eight more wells in the Bonga deepwater oilfield to help maximise deep-water production off the coast of Nigeria. The drilling plan is another major boost to the Nigeria oil and gas industry.
This achievement is coming barely two months after the oil giant started oil production from the first well at the Bonga North West deep-water development off the Nigerian coast.
In 2005, oil and gas production began in the 200,000 barrels per day capacity Bonga field, Nigeria’s first deep-water development in water depths of over 1,000 metres. The Bonga North West, which achieved first oil two months ago, was a significant step forward for the Bonga project.
Oil from the Bonga North West sub-sea facilities is transported by a new undersea pipeline to the existing Bonga Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) export facility.
This third phase of the Bonga Main development is expected to add around 40,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day through the existing Bonga FPSO facility.
Shell’s Vice President for Nigeria and Gabon, Mr. Markus Droll said in a statement yesterday that this third phase was part of the efforts of the oil giant to demonstrate its commitment to Nigeria.