After more than a decade waiting in the wings, Shell is at last staging a tender process for the key packages set to underpin its 120,000 barrels per day Bonga North project offshore Nigeria.

Located in Oil Mining Licence 118, the all-subsea deep-water scheme involves at least 17 production, water injection wells and gas lift wells which will be tied back to the supermajor’s Bonga floating production, storage and offloading vessel.

Bonga North is estimated to hold about 525 million barrels of crude and, 11 years ago, Upstream was told it was also being assessed as a possible FPSO-based project, at the same time as Shell’s still delayed Bonga South West development was also on the move.