Nigeria’s oil minister expects a final investment decision (FID) on its Bonga Southwest offshore oilfield by February next year, he said on Friday on the sidelines of an OPEC meeting.
The project, one of the country’s largest with an expected production of 180,000 barrels per day, will generate profit at below $50 a barrel, according to Royal Dutch Shell which operates the field.
“Negotiations (are) still going on. The contractual dynamics (are) still being perfected …,” Emmanuel Kachikwu told reporters. “Shell wants to do it by the end of the year. Probably it will slip into early next year for FID purposes … Between now and February we should see a FID on Bonga.”
Shell’s partners in the project are ExxonMobil, Total, Eni and the Nigerian National Petroleum Company. Kachikwu said Nigeria aimed to produce 2.2 million barrels next year.