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Washington Post: Shell's Nigerian oilfield hits 220,000 bpd: source

Tuesday, February 14, 2006; 6:00 AM

LAGOS (Reuters) – Shell's new Bonga oilfield in Nigeria has performed better than expected since starting production on November 28 and has already hit 220,000 barrels per day (bpd), just below full capacity, a company source said. The field, which came on stream two years late and a third over budget, is intended to produce an average of 225,000 bpd.

“It has already hit 220,000 barrels a day, and the startup has been much better than expected,” the source told Reuters.
“It's a full-time job just getting enough tankers to ship the crude away, because we need a million barrel tanker every three days,” he added.
Traders had expected Bonga to pump an average of 170,000 barrels per day in February.
Repairs are under way to Shell's 106,000 barrel per day Trans-Ramos pipeline, which was blasted by militants on Jan 11, and should be complete before the end of this week, another Shell source said.
But no decision has yet been taken on when to restaff the four production platforms which provide crude to the pipeline, the source added.
Shell declared force majeure on Forcados exports on Jan 13.

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