A Government delegation led by Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, on Wednesday announced to investors in Oslo, Norway, that they are expecting the overall crude oil production in Ghana to more than double over the next four years.
Addressing the meeting of 20 key international companies, Ofori-Atta, stated that Ghana has re-asserted itself strongly as a key destination for petrochemical industry players.
Last month, Aker Energy ASA announced the discovery of oil in Ghana of 450-550 million barrels, with potential recoverable reserves of nearly one billion barrels.
“Overall, crude oil production is expected to increase from 196,089 barrels per day in 2019 to 420,020 barrels per day in 2023,” said Ofori-Atta.
First oil from the Aker fields is expected between the last quarter of 2020 and first quarter of 2021.
“Going forward, the vision of government is to create an optimistic, self-confident and building a prosperous nation, through the creative exploitation of our human and natural resources, and operating within a democratic, open and fair society in which mutual trust and economic opportunities exist for all,” said the Minister for Finance.
According to Deputy Minister of Energy, Mohammed Amin Adams, Ghana’s production of crude oil is expected to reach half a million barrels by 2025.
Government delegation, which included the Minister of Transport, Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, held extensive discussions with Aker and other related entities.
The discussions also highlighted plans to develop the Tema Drydock Shipyard.
This is in line with President Akufo-Addo’s vision to ensure Ghana develops shipbuilding, and Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO), capacity.
Government of Ghana is the sole shareholder of PSC Tema Shipyard Company, which operates Tema Shipyard.
Kjell Inge Rokke, the majority owner of Aker — a shipping and offshore drilling conglomerate — announced his commitment to contribute significantly to the President’s vision to make Ghana a major ship-building and repair works hub in the world.
Between 2012 and 2016, Hess – an Oil & Gas company — sought, unsuccessfully, to appraise the Pecan field (now with Aker as operator) and agreed on terms with the government of Ghana on a feasible plan of development for the discovery.
Hess’s initial assessment indicated resources of 230 million barrels of oil equivalent.
In 2017, following discussions with the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation, Aker announced its acquisition of Hess’s interest in the DWT/CT License.
Aker and its partner, working closely in conjunction with the Petroleum Commission and GNPC, immediately undertook preparations for an expansive drilling programme, with Pecan 4A being the first of three planned wells.
Based on existing subsurface data from seismic and wells drilled, including an analysis of the Pecan-4A well result, the existing discoveries are estimated to contain gross contingent resources (2C) of 450 – 550 million barrels of oil equivalent (mmboe).
Aker Energy estimates that with the next two well targets, the total volume potential is 600 – 1,000 mmboe.
In order to fully develop the DWT/CT, the partners will be required to make significant capital investment in Ghana with estimates of total project spend in excess of $10bn.
The Ghanaian delegation in Oslo, include the Deputy Minister of Finance, Charles Adu Boahen, CEO of Petroleum Commission, Egbert Faibille, CEO of Ghana Gas, Ben Asante.