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    Bonga Creates New Generation of Nigerian Deep-Water Professionals – SNEPCo MD, Elohor Aiboni

    Olufemi Adeyemi 

    Mrs. Elohor Aiboni , Managing Director, Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Limited

    Bonga, Nigeria’s first deep-water asset has helped to create a new generation of Nigerian deep-water professionals, the Managing Director, Shell Nigeria Exploration and Company Limited (SNEPCo), Elohor Aiboni, said.

    She further stated that  Bonga recorded major milestones due to effective leadership, cutting-edge technology, continuous improvement, and collaboration with stakeholders.

    Elohor noted that since coming on stream in November 2005, Bonga has maintained a track record of production that saw it achieve one-billion-barrel export on February 13 last year.

    In her presentation, The Bonga Journey to a Billion Barrels, at the ongoing 2024 Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, Texas, United States, Aiboni said: “SNEPCo is grateful for the contributions of all the parties to the Bonga story, and we can all be proud of the milestones.

    “Bonga has been consistent. In 2014, nine years after coming onstream, it achieved half a billion barrels of crude and doubled it in 2023. We have worked relentlessly to ensure excellent asset management, project and well delivery, and deployment of technology and innovations in our operations.”

    According to her, these factors, “coupled with the supportive partnership of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited and our co-venturers – TotalEnergies, EP Nigeria Limited, Nigerian Agip Exploration, and Esso Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited—make Bonga stand out as a world-class investment case.”

    She said: “SNEPCo also enjoyed the support of the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC) and the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) in the success of Bonga operations.”

    Aiboni also listed the challenges of keeping the Bonga Floating Production, Storage, and Offloading vessel full as the asset ages and dealing with unexpected developments with subsea wells and equipment.

    She said: “SNEPCo responded with a campaign of operational excellence, which, among other initiatives, led to the creation of a programme known as the Bonga Business Improvement Plan that continually reviews and identifies improvement initiatives and drives sustainability in operations and upskilling of staff.

    “The Bonga success story has been led by Nigerians who have been managing directors of SNEPCo since it was established in 1993, in a deliberate policy by Shell to develop indigenous manpower for deep-water operations in Nigeria.

    Today, some 97% of the SNEPCo workforce is Nigerian, and overall, Bonga has helped to create a new generation of Nigerian deep-water professionals.”

    “Our vision at SNEPCo remains to be the best deep-water business, powering growth and achieving net zero emissions in line with Shell’s Powering Progress strategy”, Aiboni added.

    Bonga is the first deep-water project for the Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCO) and for Nigeria.

    The discovery well is located in oil prospecting license (OPL) 212, which was awarded during Nigeria’s first round of deep-water frontier acreage awards in 1993.

    SNEPCO operates the field on behalf of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and its partners under a production sharing contract.

    Crude oil production from the field started in November 2005 and the first shipment from the field was made in February 2006.

    The field underwent its fourth turnaround maintenance (TAM) in 2017 and delivered 819 million barrels of oil by the end of 2018.

    In 2023, Bonga hit a 1-billion-barrel oil export mark. This milestone comes three months after a major turnaround maintenance (TAM) of the facility was completed ahead of schedule.

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