Ghana Heads For Gas Sufficiency As Eni Delivers First Gas From OCTP

Eni has started producing gas from the Sankofa field in the Offshore Cape Three Points (OCTP) integrated oil and gas project offshore Ghana.

Production comes currently from two of the four deepwater subsea wells connected to the FPSO John Agyekum Kufuor, according to Offshore.

After final commissioning of the offshore facilities, production will gradually flow through a 60-km (37-mi) subsea pipeline to the onshore receiving facility in Sanzule, where the gas will be compressed and distributed to Ghana’s national grid.

The field should provide 180 MMcf/d for at least 15 years, sufficient feedstock for Ghana’s power generation capacity.

According to Eni, OCTP is the sole deep offshore non-associated gas development in Sub-Saharan Africa dedicated entirely for domestic consumption. The project has the support of the World Bank, and it will also help Ghana shift from oil-fuelled power generation to a cleaner power source.

Dr. KK Sarpong, CEO of state-owned GNPC, a partner in the development, said his company would support Eni on the further steps to ensure gas delivery to the Ghanaian market reaches its expected volumes in the shortest period of time.

OCTP, which already produces oil, should ramp up eventually to 85,000 boe/d, Eni added.

When it becomes self-sufficient, Ghana will cease buying gas from Nigeria which is sent through the West Africa Gas Pipeline Company Limited (WAPCo).

In April this year Nigeria said it was cutting supply by 50percent (to about 60 million cubic feet of gas per day), over payment disputes.

Report from the country’s agency, stated that Nigeria had since the beginning of 2018 been sending about 60 million cubic feet of gas per day to Ghana through WAPCo. This is less than half of the contractual volume agreed upon in 2011.

Kweku Awotwi, Board Chairman, Volta River Authority (VRA), the leading electricity producer in Ghana, noted earlier this year that the contractual volume was 123 million cubic feet of gas per day. To resolve the payments issues, Awotwi said the volumes supplied were now prepaid by the VRA.

Source: Offshore with additional reporting by e350

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