Shell and its partners will decide next year on whether to go ahead with the development of Nigeria’s Bonga Southwest offshore oilfield, a senior company official said on Tuesday.
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, the Managing Director, Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company, Bayo Ojulari, was quoted as saying by Reuters on Tuesday.
Shell is currently negotiating a production sharing contract with the Nigerian government, which will determine the viability of the project, he said.
The negotiations are expected to finish this year, according to Ojulari.
Shell operates the project and ExxonMobil, Total, Eni and the Nigerian National Petroleum Company are partners.