Ghana’s third Floating Production and Storage Vessel (FPSO) is expected to set sail into Ghanaian waters by April 2017.
This comes the FPSO was successfully named after former President John Kufuor at naming ceremony took place in Singapore Thursday Feb 2, 2017.
The former President who was at the ceremony saw the FPSO named after him, at the naming ceremony which was performed by the first lady of the Ghana, Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo.
The FPSO which will operate in the Offshore Cape Three Points (OCTP) oilfields in the Western region is to be called and known as John Agyekum Kufuor.
The vessel which is owned by ENI Oil, Ghana Limited, Vitol Upstream, Ghana Limited and the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation is expected to produce 58,000 barrels of oil and 98 million standard cubic feet of gas a day.
The vessel built by Singapore’s Keppel Offshore and Marine Company Ltd will head to the OCTP fields comprising Sankofa East – Cenomanian Oil, Sankofa East – Campanian Oil, Sankofa Main Gas, Sankofa East Gas, Gye Nyame Gas.
This means Ghana will increase its daily production of oil to more than 200,000 barrels per day and also push the country towards improved energy supply as gas from associated and natural gas own-fields such as the OCTP will add 180 million standard cubic feet of gas per day (mscf/d).
The FPSO, which is 300 metres (985ft) long, has a storage capacity of 1.7 million barrels, a double hull to reduce environmental risks and a treatment capacity of 58,000 barrels of oil per day and condensates.
Critical to the country’s energy sector, the facility, which is expected to arrive in April 2017 instead of the March 2017 advertised earlier, also has a processing capacity of 210mscf of non-associated gas daily for power generation.
The multibillion-dollar FPSO and subsea infrastructure, which passes as one of the critical projects for the economy, includes 18 subsea wells which have already been perforated for both oil and gas. The project, according to the lead operator, Eni-Ghana, complies with the highest environmental standards.
Eni-Ghana said first oil was expected in August 2017, as per the plan of development, and that it was working to get it sooner than the expected date.
Upon the arrival of the FPSO and subsequent mooring on the field, the subsea installations will be hooked to it for subsequent production of about 45,000 barrels of oil per day.
Due to the unavailability of the onshore-integrated gas reception facility, on which work is ongoing, the associated gas and condensate will be reinjected until the ORF facility is ready.
The ORF at Sanzule has capacity to handle 180 mscf/d. The first gas production is expected in the first quarter of 2018. The ORF will be hooked onto Ghana Gas’ 111-km lines