Nigeria’s oil production level drops as Shell shut down Bonga field

Shell Petroleum Developing Company (SPDC)

Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo) has halted production at Nigeria’s Bonga oil field.

The exercise, which commenced on March 4, was put in place for maintenance that will last at least a month.

SNEPCo said in a statement that Bonga, Nigeria’s first deepwater development, is expected to resume production at some point in April, without giving further details.

A statement by Shell’s spokesperson in Nigeria, Bamidele Odugbesan reads: “SNEPCo has commenced turnaround maintenance at Bonga, executing statutory activities that will ensure continuous optimum operations at the deepwater field which began producing in November 2005. Production from the field was shut down on March 4, 2017, and is expected to resume at the conclusion of the exercise next month.
“This is the fourth turnaround maintenance since Bonga began production.”

With this development, Nigeria’s oil production that ramped up to 2.1 million bpd has dipped to 1.875million bpd.

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