Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Limited announced the commencement of production from the Bonga Phase 3 project.
The Bonga Phase 3 is an expansion of the Bonga main development, with peak production expected to be some 50,000 barrels of oil equivalent, the oil major said in a statement.
It said the output would be transported through existing pipelines to the Bonga floating production storage and offloading facility, which has the capacity to produce more than 200,000 barrels of oil and 150 million standard cubic feet of gas a day.
Shell’s Upstream International Director, Andrew Brown, was quoted in the statement as saying, “This new start up is another important milestone for Bonga, adding valuable new production to this major facility.”
The Bonga field, which began producing oil and gas in 2005, was Nigeria’s first deepwater development in depths of more than 1,000 metres.
The field has produced over 600 million barrels of oil to date, according to Shell.