Yenagoaâ€”The Anglo-Dutch oil giant, Shell Petroleum Development Company, yesterday said Nigeriaâ€™s first deepwater discovery, Bonga, has operated continuously for four years without recording any incident resulting in lost time injury, LTI.
Vanguard learnt that Bonga field is 120 kilometres offshore Nigeria and lies in water depths of 1000 metres across an area of 60 square km.
The facility, which is one of the worldâ€™s largest vessels of its kind has the capacity to produce more than 200,000 barrels of oil a day, and 150 million cubic feet of gas a day.
The company said that by the end of 2008, it had produced over 200 million barrels of oil.
The Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo) commenced production in the field since November 2005, increasing Nigeriaâ€™s oil production capacity by 10 per cent.
The milestone according to a statement issued by SPDC Spokesman, Precious Okolobo, was achieved on 9 April 2010 onboard the huge Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel named after the field, having operated between April 2006 and April 2010 without a single safety incident resulting in lost time injury (LTI).
According to the oil major, the safety achievement is made possible by strict adherence to safety regulations by staff and contractors.
SNEPCo Managing Director, Chike Onyejekwe, who joined the celebrations on board the FPSO, according to the statement, presented the LTI-free award plaque to the team.
He said: â€œThis is an excellent achievement, and I am here today to congratulate everyone on a job well done and urge you not to relent in your efforts, as the biggest task is to sustain this feat – a challenge I am confident you will meet.â€