OPL-245* Its companies in Nigeria, broadly referred to as Shell Companies in Nigeria, have played a pioneering role in onshore, shallow and deep-water oil exploration and production.
They are also at the forefront of gas development, producing and delivering gas to domestic consumers and export markets for more than 50 years.
Shell Companies in Nigeria continue to strengthen their position in the country by optimising their onshore oil footprint while making investments in deep water and natural gas, particularly domestic gas.
Natural gas is the cleanest burning fossil fuel and is abundantly available in Nigeria. Shell Companies in Nigeria are working with the Federal Government of Nigeria and other partners on domestic gas opportunities and advancing liquefied natural gas (LNG) for export.
Shell has the following business interests in the Nigerian oil and gas sector:
The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC)
SPDC is the largest Shell company in Nigeria and produced the country’s first commercial oil exports in 1958. SPDC, headquartered in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, is the operator of a joint venture (the SPDC JV) between the government-owned Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation – NNPC (55% share), SPDC (30%), Total E&P Nigeria Ltd (10%) and the ENI subsidiary Nigerian Agip Oil Company Limited (5%).
It is focused on onshore and shallow water oil and gas production in the Niger Delta.
The SPDC JV’s assets include:
- Around 1,400 operated oil and gas wells
- A network of approximately 4,000 kilometres of oil and gas pipelines and flowlines
- Nine gas plants and two major oil export terminals (Bonny and Forcados)
- One power plant (Afam VI).
Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Limited (SNEPCo)
SNEPCo, headquartered in Lagos, was incorporated in 1993 to develop Nigeria’s deep-water oil and gas resources. It is a 100% Shellowned company and holds interests in four deep-water blocks, two of which it operates: OML-118 (Bonga field) and OML-135. SNEPCo also has a 50% interest in OPL-245*, which is operated by the ENI subsidiary Nigerian Agip Exploration Limited and a 43.75% interest in OML-133 operated by the ExxonMobil subsidiary Esso Exploration and Production Nigeria (Deepwater) Limited.
- Bonga was Nigeria’s first oil and gas project in water depths over 1,000 metres
- It increased Nigeria’s oil production capacity by 10% when it began producing in 2005
- The Bonga floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel has a total production capacity of 225,000 barrels of oil per day and 210 million standard cubic feet of gas per day
- Bonga helped create the first generation of Nigerian oil and gas engineers with deep-water experience and stimulated the growth of support industries.
Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Company Limited (NLNG)
NLNG is a joint venture incorporated in 1989 to produce LNG and natural gas liquids for export. It was Nigeria’s first LNG project.
Shell holds a 25.6% share and its partners are NNPC (49%), a Total subsidiary (15%) and an ENI subsidiary (10.4%).
- The NLNG plant at Bonny Island has six processing units (trains) with total processing capacity of 22 million tonnes a year of LNG and up to 5 million tonnes of natural gas liquids (LPG and condensate) from 3.5 billion standard cubic feet per day of natural gas.
- NLNG accounted for approximately 7% of the world’s total LNG production capacity in 2016
- LNG cargos are shipped to Atlantic Basin countries such as Spain, France, Italy, Turkey, Mexico and the USA, as well as markets in Asia.
Shell Nigeria Gas Limited (SNG)
SNG, headquartered in Lagos, was incorporated in 1998 to promote gas as a more reliable, cleaner and cost effective alternative to liquid fuels for the Nigerian domestic market. It is a 100% Shell owned company.
- The first and so far only wholly-owned subsidiary of an international oil company involved in domestic gas distribution in Nigeria.
- SNG operates a pressure reduction and metering station, and a gas transmission and distribution network of approximately 125 kilometres that distributes natural gas to 90 industrial and
- commercial customers, majority of which are located in Ogun, Abia, and Rivers States of Nigeria.
- The company’s staff is 100% Nigerian and SNG is the only gas distribution company in Nigeria that is ISO 14001 Certified.
* Authorities in various countries are investigating our investment in Nigerian oil block OPL 245 and the 2011 settlement of litigation pertaining to that block. On February 14, 2017, we received notice of the request of indictment from the Italian prosecution office in Milan with respect to this matter.