Shell began evacuating workers earlier this week from the Bonga floating, production, storage, and offloading (FPSO) unit after some of them contracted coronavirus, resulting in the maintenance program being halted, sources disclosed.
The 225,000 b/d Bonga FPSO had been partially shut since late-May for repairs which were expected to run until July, according to Shell’s local subsidiary Nigeria Exploration and Production Co.
“The affected workers were suspected to have contracted the disease at the port of Onne en route to the Bonga FPSO vessel. The disease was rampant at the Onne Port,” a source said.
The port of Onne, Rivers state, is the main base from where a large number of supply vessels operate to and from offshore facilities.
Shell was not immediately available for comment, according to the S&P Global report said.
Access Bank confirmed Monday the closure and disinfecting of its branch at Onne Port, following the death on June 17 of one its employees from coronavirus.
The 225,000 b/d Bonga field was operating at around 95% of capacity before it was shut down in May, according to S&P Global Platts estimates.
Shell earlier postponed the routine maintenance at Bonga from March and April due to the coronavirus pandemic.