The Volta River Authority (VRA) says Thursday’s shutdown of the Jubilee FPSO for routine maintenance will not affect the supply of power from the Aboadze enclave.
The VRA has said in a statement dated January 1, 2018, that it has “put in place contingency plans to avert the supply deficit that would have occurred at the western power enclave, during the period.”
The first of three planned shutdowns of the FPSO Kwame Nkrumah on the Jubilee field began on Thursday, January 1, 2018.
The planned shutdowns are expected to make way for operators on the oil field to embark on a general maintenance exercise on the vessel.
According to partners of the Jubilee field, the three shutdowns in 2018 have become necessary due to the recent challenges faced by the Floating Production and Storage Offloading vessel.
There have been concerns that the shutdown will disrupt electricity supply, however, the statement from VRA states that it will put up to two turbines on Light Crude Oil (LCO) in combined cycle mode to generate up to 300 MW from Aboadze to support the system.
“In addition, VRA will receive on demand, up to 200MW of power from La Cote d’Ivoire to complement generation,” the release issued by the VRA management said.