Saipem SpA has signed a contract with Royal Dutch Shell Plc for the provision of crude oil flowlines and the installation of other production facilities at its Bonga North-West offshore project in Nigeria.
The subsea flowlines will transport crude from Bonga to existing production, storage and off-loading facilities, Tony Okonedo, a spokesman for Shell in Nigeria, said in an e-mailed statement
Bonga North-West is part of oil prospecting license 212, including the main Bonga field and Bonga South-West, awarded to Shell in 1993. Shell, Europe’s largest oil and gas producer, operates the Bonga fields on behalf of the state-owned Nigeria National Petroleum Corp. under a production-sharing contract.
Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Co., the local unit of Shell which operates the Bonga fields, also has a joint operating agreement with Esso Exploration and Production Nigeria Ltd., Nigerian Agip Exploration Ltd., and Elf Petroleum Nigeria Ltd., Okonedo said.
Located 120 kilometers (74.6 miles) offshore Nigeria, Bonga has a capacity of 200,000 barrels of crude and 150 million cubic feet of gas a day, according to Shell’s Web site.