Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd has lifted the Force Majeure on exports from the Forcados terminal.
Seplat Petroleum Development Company confirmed in its latest trading update that it has been able to successfully reinstate gross production at OMLs 4, 38 and 41 to pre-Force Majeure levels of around 75,000 bopd and 290 MMscfd, or 125,000 boepd. On a networking interest basis this equates to around 34,000 bopd and 130 MMscfd, or 56,000 boepd.
Seplat also confirmed that it has completed repairs and upgrades on one of two jetties at the Warri refinery in April, work on the second jetty is on track to be completed during Q2 as earlier communicated.
The company said the upgraded jetties will enable sustained exports of 30,000 bopd (gross) and form part of the Company’s strategy to de-risk the distribution of future oil production to market. Alongside this, Seplat is collaborating with and supporting government on completion of the 160,000 bopd Amukpe to Escravos pipeline that will offer a third export route to the Company.
Commenting on the operational update Austin Avuru, Seplat’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “The resumption of exports at the Forcados terminal has enabled us to very quickly de-constrain production, and in doing so once again demonstrate Seplat’s strong underlying fundamentals. Our focus now is on restoring production and cash flow momentum whilst also establishing longer-term access to multiple export routes. Whilst the lifting of force majeure is welcome news we continue to monitor the situation closely and, dependent on performance in the interim period, will seek to resume formal production guidance at our half-yearly results to be released on 27 July 2017”.
According to Reuters estimates, the Forcados terminal is planned to export a total of 197,000 barrels per day. It would be recalled that that Shell had as at last year declared a Force Majeure at the Forcados terminal following vandal activities that paralyzed operations at the terminal.