Shell’s deepwater Bonga oil field repairs to take weeks

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    Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) said maintenance of its Nigerian deepwater Bonga oil and gas field, which accounts for about 10 per cent of the country’s daily output, will last “several weeks.”

    “We’re starting with a partial shutdown and then conclude with a total shutdown,” Precious Okolobo, the company’s spokesman said in Lagos, yesterday in a phone interview.

    The Bonga field, located 120 kilometres in the Atlantic waters offshore Nigeria, has the capacity to pump about 225,000 barrels of crude and 150 million cubic feet of gas a day, according to the company’s website.

    It also supplies natural gas to the Nigeria LNG Ltd.’s liquefaction plant on the coastal Bonny Island that supplies long-term buyers in Europe. Nigeria is Africa’s top oil producer and the fifth-biggest source of U.S. crude imports.

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