The Federal Government has commenced consultations with stakeholders in the oil and gas sector, aimed at re-activating the Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Limited’s (SNEPCO) Bonga oilfield, The Guardian reports.

At the bi-annual stakeholders engagement meeting in Abuja, Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Jibril, said the oilfield is very important to Nigeria, and both should implement its mandate for the sustainability of the project. Represented by the Director of Environmental Assessment, John Alonge, he urged SNEPCO to make integrity, transparency as its watchword, in all transactions. He stressed that there must be compliance because both have lots of issues to contend with.

Presenting a paper on Bonga Southwest Aparo reframed project /scope and proposed EIA plan, Raphael Afolabi of Shell, said they have updated the concept and it is now going to run from 2018-2023 in three phases. He said the Federal Government had to reframe Bonga because of low oil price, promising that optimum Nigerian content would be applied in all cases, and go beyond this project.