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FPSO resumes gas production after shutdown

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    fpsoGas has begun flowing at the FPSO Kwame Nkrumah after a temporary shutdown yesterday due to faults on all Fire and Gas systems as well as VFD monitors on the facility.

    The operators have since rectified the issue which has led to the activation of the Fire and Gas System of the facility hence the flow of gas.

    Information available to Citi Business News indicates gas is flowing at 50 million standard cubic feet.

    Citi Business News also understands all production, water injection and gas export stopped as a result of the issue.

    Two TICO units are also reported to be on base load and are preparing to bring on the steam component.

    Tullow says it will conduct investigations into the issue.

    Meanwhile the Ameri power plant is expected to come on when gas increases above the 50 million standard cubic feet today.

    Tullow however says it will conduct investigations into the matter.

    Meanwhile no gas was detected on the facility for the incident and all personnel were accounted for as all of them reported to Muster Station, the information  further stated.

    Implication of shutdown on dumsor

    It is not clear whether this issue contributed to the extensive power outage that was experienced across the country on Tuesday.

    Already, consumers are bearing the brunt of intermittent power outages which has been attributed to the shortfall in power generation.

    This has also been attributed to a shortfall in gas supply from Atuabo Gas to the thermal plants at Aboadze.

    Also, government is facing challenges transporting crude from Nigeria to Ghana to power the thermal plants.

    FPSO repairs to cost

    The turret bearing on the FPSO is damaged and the Jubilee Partners have disclosed that it will cost at least three hundred and forty five million dollars to fix the faulty turret.

    Lead operator of the Jubilee field, Tullow was forced to shut down the vessel early this year and subsequently cut down production from the Jubilee field, after resuming operations this year, because of the faulty turret bearing on the FPSO Kwame Nkrumah.

    Tullow Oil, earlier told Citi Business News it had cut production output from the field by over 50 percent to 33,000 barrels of crude oil per day as against the 100,000 per day it was producing prior to the shut down.

    But in a trading Statement and Operational Update released last month, it said it expects average gross production at the jubilee field to be around 85,000 barrels of oil per day in the second half of 2016 following a number of new procedures it is currently rolling out to fix the turret issue.

    Tullow has however revised its production guidance range to 62-68,000 barrels of oil per day.

    source: citibusinessnews.com/Ghana

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