Nigeria: In Main Setback for Oil Manufacturing, Shell Defers Enlargement Work On 225,000bpd Bonga Oilfield

In an enormous hindrance to Nigeria’s hope of elevating its poor day by day oil manufacturing, Shell has mentioned it could delay growth work at its Nigerian offshore Bonga subject by one other two years.

A report by S&P International Platts, a monetary indices supplier, mentioned the event was a serious blow to Nigeria’s quest to develop its crude manufacturing after a sequence of technical and operational setbacks, quoting sources near the undertaking.

In Might 2021 Shell, together with its companions, signed a take care of the Nigerian Nationwide Petroleum Firm Restricted (NNPC) within the deepwater oil block Oil Mining Lease 118, clearing the trail for a serious growth of the nation’s Bonga oil and gasoline subject. The event was beforehand shelved as a consequence of a long-standing tax dispute with Shell, the operator of the sphere, S&P recalled.

After the decision of the dispute, Shell as soon as once more invited bids for the development of a brand new floating manufacturing storage and offloading (FPSO) unit for its Bonga Southwest deepwater oil subject in Nigeria. Nevertheless, the response to the tender had been underwhelming, a senior official at NNPC advised S&P International Platts.

“There was a delay in progressing with the tendering course of for the Bonga Southwest subject. The tenders have been placed on maintain until round 2024,” the official was quoted as saying.

A spokesman for the Shell Petroleum Improvement Firm (SPDC), Nigeria, confirmed that the contract award for the development of the 150,000 bpd Bonga Southwest FPSO had been placed on maintain.

“The Bonga Southwest has been deferred,” he mentioned, declining to supply additional particulars.

Nevertheless, sources at NNPC and Shell, the report famous, mentioned delays might be associated to a change in Shell’s upstream technique as a part of its internet zero ambitions.

Shell is Nigeria’s greatest oil producer, however the oil big lately has complained about some business and safety points.

In Might 2021, Shell’s Chief Government Officer, Ben van Beurden, advised traders the corporate was focusing extra on its Nigerian deepwater and gasoline belongings after it deemed its onshore oil portfolio in Nigeria, “not appropriate” with its strategic ambitions, which embody a deal with local weather change and internet zero carbon technique.

The power main is presently in talks with the federal authorities to promote at its onshore oil belongings.

Bonga, Nigeria’s first deepwater oil subject, presently has the capability to provide 225,000 bpd of crude oil and 150 MMcf/d of gasoline which feeds the Nigeria Liquefied Pure Fuel (NLNG) plant at Bonny.

Creating Bonga South-west was set so as to add round one billion barrels to Nigeria’s oil reserves, the report acknowledged.

Shell had beforehand mentioned it could develop the Bonga South-west undertaking in three phases, with a complete potential yield of three.2 billion barrels.

Output from the sphere was one of many tasks Nigeria was banking on to boost manufacturing to round three million bpd by 2023, NNPC officers mentioned.

Nigeria, which produces top quality mild candy crude oil, has seen its manufacturing stoop to multi-decade lows, as a consequence of alleged operational, technical and sabotage points.

The nation has the capability to pump round 2.2 million bpd of crude and condensate, however in 2021 output languished close to 1.55 million b/d, in response to Platts estimates.

Creating the Bonga Southwest would price $10 billion, in response to estimates by the NNPC, the concessionaire of the sphere.

The majority of Bonga Southwest’s assets are situated in OML 118, but it surely additionally extends into OMLs 132 and 140, operated by US main Chevron, the place it’s known as Aparo. Different companions within the undertaking are France’s TotalEnergies and Italy’s Eni

In the meantime, Shell has joined the ranks of different large oil majors that had lately reported enormous income on greater oil and gasoline costs, asserting $6.4 billion in internet revenue for the ultimate quarter of 2021.

As well as, earnings for the total yr soared to $19.29 billion, up from $4.8 billion for 2020, Shell mentioned, plus a discount in internet debt by $23 billion to $52.6 billion throughout the interval underneath evaluate.

Prior to now, knowledge from Shell launched final month revealed that oil buying and selling slowed down throughout the fourth quarter of 2021, however gasoline buying and selling flourished amid the surge in demand and tight provide of the commodity in some components of the world.