The lead operator of the Jubilee Oil Field, Tullow Oil, has announced the completion of repair works on the faulty compressor on the FPSO Kwame Nkrumah that resulted in the halting of gas export to the onshore processing plant for power generation
The situation forced the Volta River Authority (VRA) to switch its plants to the use of expensive light crude for generation to ensure constant supply of power.
Briefing the media after a tour of the offshore facility, the Minister of Petroleum, Mr Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah, said progress of work on the much-needed gas was encouraging.
“After the mechanical completion of work on the compressor, they will proceed with the testing of the system to make sure the integrity of the new compressor is confirmed,” he said.
He explained that when the fault that led to a reduction in the production and the halting of gas export was detected, a series of tests were done on the faulty compressor and it was concluded that the entire compressor be replaced.
“It is important to note that there is nothing like a small problem on any of the upstream installations and that the team had worked day and night to ensure that supply is restored as soon as possible,” he said.
“From the extent of work and the explanation by the engineers, the gas export will resume earlier than the middle of August that was given as the tentative date for resumption,” the minister said, adding, “We are cautious about mentioning a specific date, but I say that at the stage of testing, the VRA should soon receive the flow of gas from Atuabo,” he said.
The Chief Executive of Tullow Oil, Mr Charles Darko, said the situation had also resulted in a reduction in oil production, pushing down production volumes from 110,0000 barrels per day (bpd) to approximately 65,000, which had been under constant review.
He emphasised that the drop in production had affected the company’s projections and “that is why we are all working to ensure that we get back in line as quickly as possible”.
“We have mobilised a team of experts to rectify the fault within the shortest possible time,” he added.
Dr Sipa Yankey, the Chief Executive of the Ghana National Gas Company (Ghana Gas), said since the plant had to continue running for a stipulated number of hours, the engineers were running it to prevent it being shut down.
“We have the machine running, and with the progress of work we witness on the FPSO, we are ready at any time to process whatever is shipped to the VRA for continued generation using natural gas,” he said.