Nigerian Official: Bonga Oil Spill Likely Worst in Decade

A Nigerian government official said the Bonga offshore oil spill was likely the worst spill in a decade, the Associated Press reported on Thursday.

Peter Idaor, head of Nigeria’s National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency, said the slick is expected to reach beaches by Thursday afternoon, likely impacting birds, fish and other wildlife.

Idabor said the Bonga spill was the most major oil spill to occur offshore Nigeria since 1998, Mobil field, when less than 40,000 barrels of oil leaked from a Mobil field, resulting in oil slicks extending for more than 100 miles to Lagos.

Shell estimated on Wednesday that the Bonga oil spill was likely less than 40,000 barrels. The incident occurred during the routine transfer of crude from the Bonga floating production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO) to a waiting oil tanker. An export line linking the FPSO and the tanker was identified as the likely source, and has been closed and de-pressurized. The facility has been shut in since the morning of Dec. 21.

The company reported on Wednesday that up to 50 percent of the leaked oil has already dissipated due to natural dispersion and evaporation.

"As satellite pictures have shown, the overall area covered by the sheen is large,” Shell said in a statement. "However, the sheen itself is very thin (less than a hundredth of a millimeter) in most areas."

Shell said it had deployed vessels with dispersants and airplanes to accelerate the clean-up of oil, and would deploy infra-red equipment airplanes to trace the few areas where the sheen may be thicker.

"This would allow for a targeted use of the dispersant," Shell noted.

The facility is located 75 miles offshore the Nigerian coast. Bonga, which began operations in November 2005 and can produce more than 200,000 bpd of oil and 150 MMscfd of gas, is situated in 3,281 feet (1,000 meters) of water and is Nigeria’s first major deepwater oil and gas project.

Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Limited is operator of Bonga and the majority venture partner.

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Click on the button below to add a comment.
Post a Comment
Generated by readers, the comments included herein do not reflect the views and opinions of Rigzone. All comments are subject to editorial review. Off-topic, inappropriate or insulting comments will be removed.
J P Adebayo | Dec. 24, 2011
Shell has cost a lot of damages to the Nigeria economy and enviroment for the past decades.And they have never be honest with Nigerian in cases of oil spill,let alone compensating for the damages of enviromental degradation cause by their oil production activities.The main reason for oil spillages is human factor: cost minimization and compromised safety rules and regulation.Its time for spdc to leave Nigeria.

J P Adebayo | Dec. 24, 2011
Shell has cost a lot of damages to the Nigeria economy and enviroment for the past decades.And they have never be honest with Nigerian in cases of oil spill,let alone compensating for the damages of enviromental degradation cause by their oil production activities.The main reason for oil spillages is human factor: cost minimization and compromised safety rules and regulation.Its time for spdc to leave Nigeria.

Saleh Zaidan | Dec. 23, 2011
My point of view is: I know the reason behind this problem and I can solve it, just they should contact me and co ordinate with me and do not waste time.

hosein-davodi | Dec. 23, 2011
Obviuosly,the sound of export transferl line of oil from FPSO to vessel must be consider closely & surely by launching of "Safe System Of Work(SSOW)"and "Permit To Work(PTW"befor transfer.I think it is a NCR(Non Comformance Rate) and must use the procedure of "Root Cause Analyse" for prevention of this catastrophic impact and repeat of it in the futue.Regards.


Related Companies
Events  SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER

Our Privacy Pledge
SUBSCRIBE



Most Popular Articles

From the Career Center
Jobs that may interest you
Administrator / Office Supervisor
Expertise: Accounting
Location: Sugar Land
 
Sales Manager - Safety Relief Valves
Expertise: Business Development|Sales
Location: Houston, TX
 
Staff Auditor 2
Expertise: Business Analyst|Risk Management
Location: TX
 
search for more jobs

Brent Crude Oil : $51.33/BBL 1.14%
Light Crude Oil : $48.37/BBL 1.34%
Natural Gas : $3.1/MMBtu 1.63%
Updated in last 24 hours