Nigeria’s oil production is expected to increase as Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production, Company, SNEPCo, concludes its turnaround maintenance, TAM, at the 225,000 barrels per day, bpd, Bonga Floating Production Storage and Offloading, FPSO, this month.

Indigenous companies were said to have played key roles in the TAM to ensure continuous optimum operations at the deep-water field. Nearly all the bolts and nuts as well as fabrications used for the exercise are made in Nigeria, in line with the nation’s policy on local content development.

Speaking on the TAM, Managing Director of SNEPCo, Bayo Ojulari, stated: “The plan is to successfully conclude the ramp of activities and resume production as planned in April, 2017. It is not proper to interpret the period as production loss to Nigeria. Rather, the turnaround maintenance is a series of planned and controlled activities that are implemented in collaboration with government and other stakeholders with the aim of ensuring the continued safety and productivity at the facility. The planning started two years ago and safety is top priority in every stage of the activities.

“This is an operation safely in Nigerian hands, with Nigerian engineers and companies playing leading roles and ensuring the objectives of the exercise are achieved.” The turnaround maintenance which commenced on March 04, 2017, involves three major components – statutory and regulatory safety checks, inspections, repairs and replacement of equipment and upgrades. It the 4th since Bonga began production in 2005.

Bonga is Nigeria’s first deep water development in depths of more than 1,000 metres, and is located 120 kilometer offshore Nigeria.

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