Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Limited (SNEPCo) has shut down the Bonga deepwater oilfield and commenced maintenance, executing statutory activities that will ensure continuous optimum operations at the field.
The turnaround maintenance involves inspections, recertification, testing and repair of equipment as well as engineering upgrades with Nigerian companies and subsea professional playing key roles.
The routine maintenance will take off a significant chunk from Nigeria’s crude oil exports, as SNEPCo produces close to 200,000 barrels per day in the 225,000 barrels per day capacity Bonga field, which it operates under Production Sharing Contract (PSC) with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
Managing Director of SNEPCO, Bayo Ojulari, said in a statement yesterday that the current maintenance of the field was the fourth since the Bonga field began production in November 2005.
“The exercise will help ensure sustained production and reduced unscheduled production deferments. For the Bonga team, this is another opportunity to excel, having won the ‘Asset of the Year’ Award 2016 in the Shell Group, followed by runners-up in Norway and Malaysia. We are pleased that the award recognised the continuing collaboration towards optimum production with a focus on safety, cost and Nigerian content development which will be invaluable in the maintenance work,” Ojulari added.