The Managing Director of Tullow Ghana, Charles Darku has told Citi Business News that production of oil will commence on the FPSO John Evans Attah Mills in the first week of August this year.
Speaking to Citi Business News’ Norvan Acquah-Hayford who is part of a team of journalists on a tour of vessel, Mr. Charles Darku assured that engineers on board the vessel have completed all the necessary assessment to start oil production.
“You have seen the facility for yourself and how much work has been done. As the managers have told you we are currently on track for first oil within the first week of august there about which is barely four weeks away.”
He further stated that “everything is under control and we have no reason at this point to expect otherwise but is a project and things can change but as of now is on track.”
The FPSO John Evans Atta Mills which is 350 meters long and can accommodate 120 people will produce and store oil from Ghana’s Tweneboa-Enyenra-Ntomme (TEN) offshore oil fields.
With a nominal production capacity of 80,000 barrels of oil per day and a storage capacity of 1.7 million barrels, the FPSO will be attached to nine anchor piles which will maintain her position above the TEN fields, around 60 kilometers from the coast of Ghana’s Western Region.
The FPSO began its voyage from Singapore to Ghana on January 23, 2016 after it was christened by the First Lady, Lordina Mahama, in September 2015.
The vessel which is expected to start producing oil from the TEN fields by the first week of August 2016 according to the lead operators of the TEN fields Tullow, have had its integrated facilities undergoing final commissioning and testing now before first oil.
The development of the TEN fields is being led by Tullow Oil along with its partners; the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), Kosmos Energy, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation and PetroSA (the TEN Partners).
The FPSO Professor John Evans Atta Mills was constructed by MODEC and will be operated by MODEC Ghana Ltd on behalf of the TEN Partners.
Other Ghanaian contributions to the FPSO John Evans Attah Mills include her module support stools, which sit on the deck and support heavy equipment. These were fabricated by Ghanaian companies Seaweld Engineering Ltd and Orsam Ltd.
Jubilee partners meet on FPSO Kwame Nkrumah repair work.
This comes at a time that the partners of the Jubilee field are expected to meet in London next week to decide on the most appropriate option to adopt for the repair of the damaged turret bearing on the FPSO Kwame Nkrumah.
This is according to the CEO of Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), Alex Mould.
According to him, the meeting has become necessary as it will help to find a lasting solution to the challenges with the turret bearing.
“We still haven’t concluded whether the vessel will be actually taken out or repaired in situ or whether we would abandon the turret and just have a permanent spread mooring of the vessel. These are the discussions that are going to take place next week; partners are meeting in the UK at the Tullow head office. We have met with the designers and the developers of the turret,” he explained.
Lead operator of the FPSO, Tullow, says it is considering the two options that is, onshore or offshore repairs of the damaged turret bearing.
Faulty turret bearing reduces oil production at FPSO
The faulty component has led to a massive drop in oil production by more than half.
Average oil production is currently around 50,000 barrels compared to the initial daily production of about 100,000 barrels.
Speaking to Citi Business News at the sidelines of the tour of the FPSO John Evans Atta Mills, Alex Mould was also hopeful the meeting will propose the most efficient option for the oil industry.
“There are solutions but we hope we will be able to take a decision sometime next year as to whether we would fix it in situ or not,” he stressed.
Meanwhile two dynamic boats have been placed at each side of the FPSO Kwame Nkrumah to stabilize its position to allow production to inch up to about 100,000 barrels per day by January 2017.
By: Norvan Acquah-Hayford/citibusinessnews.com/Ghana