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Shell reports exploration success in Nigerian offshore field
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Posted: 8-May-2006 21:54 hrs
Royal/Dutch Shell's Awoba plant on the Sambreiro River in the Niger Delta, Nigeria, September 2005. Shell has reported an exploration success at its deep water Bonga North oil and gas prospect offshore Nigeria to boost output of Africa's biggest crude exporter.

Royal/Dutch Shell has reported an exploration success at its deep water Bonga North oil and gas prospect offshore Nigeria to boost output of Africa's biggest crude exporter. .

“We are happy with yet another exploration success in deepwater Nigeria,” said Chima Ibeneche, Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo) managing director, in a statement here on Monday.

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“This discovery reinforces the trend of Shells successful exploration efforts in this challenging environment. We are proud of our contribution towards the realisation of Nigeria's oil and gas potential,” he said.

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Located north of the Bonga main field, Bonga North 2X well, was spudded on October 25, 2005 and drilled in 1,019 metres (3,343 feet) of water, the statement said.

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“The exploration well reached a total depth of 4,135 metres (13,600 feet) in December 2005, and penetrated about 90 metres (300 feet) of hydrocarbon bearing sands in several intervals,” it added.

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It said the latest results, when combined with the Bonga North 1XST discovery, recorded during the first quarter of 2004, strengthened the hydrocarbon resource potential of this sector of the Greater Bonga area.

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On Tuesday, Shell began pumping oil from a newly tapped field off the Nigerian coast.

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The firm said production had begun on an offshore rig in the “Erha deepwater development” in 3,900 feet (1,200 meters) of water, 60 miles (97 kilometers) off southern Nigeria's Niger Delta coast.

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Shell is Nigeria's largest operator, accounting for around half of the country's 2.5 million barrels per day.

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But since January attacks by separatist militants on rigs and pipelines in the Niger Delta swamps have cut production by up to a quarter. — AFP

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