The Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited has announced a timeline for the drilling of two oil wells on the Bonga oil well, with the drilling of about 12 more oil wells in Imo state and Anyala-Madu near Port Harcourt, in 2023.
The company said it is also working on adding over 20 oil and gas wells within the next four years, which could raise oil production to nearly 3 million barrels per day (bpd) for the country
Nigeria currently produces about 1.4mbpd of oil rising from 1m in November 2022, a rebound that occurred after massive battle against crude oil thieves in the Niger Delta.
Nigeria’s oil output had dropped, in 2022, to over 1.8mbpd.
NNPC and SNEPCo (Shell) started drilling the Bonga oil field OML118 in April 2022 and is expected to complete it by April 2023 to add about 20,000bpd of oil from two oil-producing wells and three injectors.
By the third and fourth quarters of this year, NNPC and Shell are expected to deliver the ANOH Gas project in Asa North and Ohaji South of Imo state.
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This project is for drilling six gas wells with a gas processing plant for 250 million metric standard cubic feet per day (MMscf/d).
And in Rivers State, the company working with First Exploration & Petroleum Development Company Limited (First E&P) will deliver five oil wells and a gas injection well on the Oil Mining Lease (OML) 85 Anyala-Madu field.
Still in 2023, NNPC is expected to start three projects with partners. The first is the Preowei field in Bayelsa to drill 16 wells (eight oil wells and eight water wells) which it hopes to complete by 2026 along its partner – Total Upstream Nigeria Limited (TUPNI).
The Agbami gas monetization project is starting this year also with Stardeep to raise gas compression from 450MMscf/d to 600MMscf/d; the tender is in progress and it is expected to be ready by 2027.
The Bonga North on OML118 is on to drill about 20 oil wells between 2023 and 2027 with a $2.9 billion funding projection.
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From 2027 20 2031, NNPC and SNEPCO are working on the Bonga South West Aparo field on OML118 to drill about 20 wells; the Owowo field on OML154 is also in process but will begin in phases from 2029 with over 13 oil wells.
By Ken Okoye