Fabrication of Bonga Topsides Complete

Shell Nigeria reports that, as part of its commitment to increase local content in its operations, three modules for the Bonga FPSO topsides have been successfully fabricated in Warri, Delta State and shipped out recently to the FPSO topsides integration yard. Chairman of Shell Companies in Nigeria, Ron van den Berg said: "This is indeed the first ever fabrication and shipment of modules for an FPSO from anywhere in African. I am happy it is happening in the Niger Delta."

The modules include a 400 tons Sale Gas Metering Module and a 182 ton Lay Down Module which all form of the FPSO topsides contract currently being executed by AMEC whose contract includes facilities for processing oil, water and gas, and water injection for reservoirs pressure maintenance.

The construction of the modules in Nigeria was performed by Daewoo Nigeria Limited, who employed approximately 200 Nigerians and 20 expatriates on the project. About 10% of the materials used were sourced locally while the ocean-going tow tug for the transport barge was supplied by a local company who also supplied the river tugs and river dredging to enable access to Daewoo yard. The company had developed their yard to accommodate the construction while carrying out further extension work on the quay to accommodate further project modules to be constructed at the yard.

Executive Director of SNEPCO, Kisito Okpere said "We are happy that Bonga is being associated with the fabrication in Nigeria which is a clear demonstration of our commitment to maximizing the benefits of the local content values of our operations to all Nigerians. This constructed in Nigeria."

Various other sub contracts for the fabrication of components for the fabrication of components for the Bonga FPSO are currently on-going in several other locations in Nigeria, thereby increasing local capabilities and adding value to the contribution of the oil industry to Nigeria's overall economy.