The Managing Director of Tullow Ghana, Charles Darku has told Citi Business News that production of oil will commence on the FPSO John Evans Attah Mills in the first week of August, 2016.
Speaking to Citi Business News’ Norvan Acquah-Hayford who was part of a team of journalists who toured the vessel, Mr. Charles Darku assured that engineers on board the vessel have completed all the necessary assessment to start oil production.
“You have seen the facility for yourself and how much work has been done. As the managers have told you we are currently on track for first oil within the first week of August there about which is barely four weeks away.”
He further stated that “everything is under control and we have no reason at this point to expect otherwise but it is a project and things can change but as of now it is on track.”
The FPSO John Evans Atta Mills which is 350 meters long and can accommodate 120 people will produce and store oil from Ghana’s Tweneboa-Enyenra-Ntomme (TEN) offshore oil fields.
With a nominal production capacity of 80,000 barrels of oil per day and a storage capacity of 1.7 million barrels, the FPSO will be attached to nine anchor piles which will maintain her position above the TEN fields, around 60 kilometers from the coast of Ghana’s Western Region.
The FPSO began its voyage from Singapore to Ghana on January 23, 2016 after it was christened by the First Lady, Lordina Mahama, in September 2015.
According to the lead operator of the TEN fields the vessel’s integrated facilities are currently undergoing final commissioning and testing before production of first oil.
The development of the TEN fields is being led by Tullow Oil, its partners are the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), Kosmos Energy, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation and PetroSA.
The FPSO Professor John Evans Atta Mills was constructed by MODEC and will be operated by MODEC Ghana Ltd on behalf of the TEN Partners.
Ghanaian contributions to the FPSO John Evans Attah Mills include the module support stools, which sit on the deck and support heavy equipment.
These were fabricated by Ghanaian companies Seaweld Engineering Ltd and Orsam Ltd.
By: Norvan Acquah-Hayford/citibusinessnews.com/Ghana