The invitation to tender has been released by Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo), to contractors for the development of the Bonga South West Aparo (BSWA) oil field.
The development comes a day after the execution of the Heads of Terms (HoT) by the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), SNEPCo, and its Unit partners, revising the terms of the Oil Mining Lease 118 Production Sharing Contract (PSC).
A statement released by Shell said the project’s initial phase includes a new Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel, more than 20 deep-water wells and related subsea infrastructure. Shell also said the field lies across Oil Mining Leases 118, 132 and 140, about 15km southwest of the existing Bonga Main FPSO.
The invitation to tender is for engineering, procurement and construction contracts for the 150,000 barrels per day project in the Gulf of Guinea.
The Managing Director of SNEPCo, Bayo Ojulari said “this is a new vista for deep offshore oil and gas exploration in Nigeria based on a revised commercial framework embraced by government and the project investors”.
According to Ojulari, “SNEPCo has concluded OML 118 negotiations with the NNPC. We now have a clear commercial framework, supported by the government and project investors, toward a potential Bonga South West Aparo Final Investment Decision (FID)”. He described the conclusion of the commercial framework as a key milestone for the project, and the development of Nigeria’s deep-water oil and gas industry.
Ojulari said “the new framework marks the start of the second generation of deep-offshore exploration and development, not just for SNEPCo but for all players in Nigeria’s deep water. This is a model that we see being replicated in the industry to further unleash Nigeria’s potential in deep-water exploration”.
Speaking on the project’s estimated cost, SNEPCo’s General Manager for BSWA, Adam Bradley said ” release of the invitation to tender will allow ourselves, government and investing parties to understand the actual costs for the initial phases which we expect will be very competitive”.
The Guardian Nigeria said sources estimate the Bonga South West/Aparo project to cost about $10 billion, with first oil expected around 2021 or 2022, to add 225,000 barrels daily to Nigeria’s crude oil production.