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Cote d’Ivoire wants mutual consent over maritime boundary demarcation

Neighbouring Cote d’Ivoire  says it  wants  a two-sided  approach towards the  demarcation of the maritime  boundary that is currently contested by the two countries .In has thus expressed the hope  that the ongoing negotiations between the two countries  over who owns portions  of the sea closer the western  Region  of Ghana  will come to  a peaceful  closure.

The Director General (DG)of Petroci- the national  oil company in cote d’Ivoire ,Mr. Daniel Gnangni said in  an interaction with some Ghanaian journalists in the capital ,Abidjan ,that his outfit was happy  both  countries had  committed  to peaceful  negotiations in a bid to find  a solution  to the issue.

Mr.Gnangni also hinted  of Cote d’Ivoire ‘s readiness to join  hands  with Ghana to develop and produce  the disputed  blocks of oil and gas  reserves ‘’on  the unlikely event  that  we do not  find a solution to the issue.

‘’If by any extraordinary  doing we are unable to find  a solution  to this issue which to me is impossible ,we can  decide on a  border zone ,join efforts, intelligence  and competence and do a common  exploitation  so that whatever benefits that we get will be for  our communal gains’’, he said through a translator.

Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana have been laying ownership claims to the billions of barrels of oil and cubic feet of  gas reserves reportedly found in the deep waters near Western Region of Ghana.

That maritime boundary issue between  the two countries has been there for some time  now but was reignited around 2010,the time  Ghana commenced  commercial production of oil in its jubilee field.The disputed area covers portions  of jubilee(currently produced by Ghana),Tweneboa,Enyenra ,the Owo discoveries ,West Tano-IX find and the Deep water Tano Block.

Already ,the regulator of Ghana’s upstream petroleum sector –the Ghana National Petroleum Company(GNPC) –has  allocated  some of those blocks to oil companies to explore and develop for commercial oil production.

Cote d’Ivoire ,however, thinks Ghana took undue advantage  of its internal  political  crisis at the time to allocate  the blocks but that was not necessary because Ghana is the rightful  owner of the area.

With political stability now returning , Cote d’Ivoire is confident an amicable  solution, through dialogue, will be reached  on the matter  to the benefit  of both parties.

‘’Maritime boundaries will have to be drawn through  mutual consent  between  the two countries’’ ,the DG of Petroci  said. His interaction with the journalist formed  part  of an on-going  oil and gas programme  for selected  media practitioners in Ghana and Uganda.

The programme organised by Revenue watch institute and supported by the Thomson Reuters Foundation Penplusbytes in Ghana and the Ugandan –based African Center for Media Excellence (ACME).it is aimed at improving  media reportage on the  extractive sector in the two countries .

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