The Gulf of Guinea is now even more filthy, 40k barrels of oil leak from Bongo FPSO

Posted: 12/22/2011 in all marine news

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Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSA) Wednesday said it has halted production from the 200,000-barrel-a-day Bonga deepwater oil field, offshore Nigeria, after a pipeline connected to a waiting tanker started leaking.

No force majeure has been declared as a result of the leak, at a field that accounts for around 10% of Nigeria’s total crude production, and traders said the shutdown should be immaterial for West African crude differentials.

“The spill at Bonga is a tiny thing for the market,” a West Africa trader said. “It is just a small operational issue.

We believe the pipe will be fixed pretty soon.” “Early indications show that less than 40,000 barrels of oil have leaked in total,” said Shell in a statement.

The Anglo-Dutch major said the incident occurred Tuesday. Production at Bonga, which lies approximately 120 kilometers off the Nigeria coast, is now in the process of being shut down, Shell said.

An export line linking the field’s floating production, storage and offloading vessel to the tanker has been identified as the likely source of the leak, the company said. It has since been closed and depressurized, halting the flow of oil.

“We are sorry this leak has happened,” said Mutiu Sunmonu, Shell Nigeria chairman. “As soon as we became aware of it, we stopped the flow of oil and mobilized our own resources, as well as industry expertise, to ensure its effects are minimized.

It is important to stress that this wasn’t a well-control incident of any sort, and to make clear that no-one has been injured. Our focus now is on a speedy and effective clean-up.”

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