Sankofa-Gye Nyame field, Ghana’s third oil and gas field which will increase Ghana’s electricity supply by 50 per cent, is making significant progress.
The field will produce 180 million standard cubic feet of gas daily, sufficient to generate approximately 1,100 megawatts of electricity.
A statement issued by the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) said the first gas was expected in February 2018, in addition to 30,000 barrels of oil daily, to be produced from August 2017.
“GNPC, along with other state institutions, including the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Petroleum and the Bank of Ghana, have been instrumental in securing the project, worth US$7.9 billion, which is the largest ever foreign direct investment into Ghana,” it said.
The statement said, “Working with private partners, ENI and Vitol, alongside the World Bank, we expect to deliver the Sankofa-Gye Nyame project on time and on budget for the benefit of the people of Ghana. Significant progress has been made in the first year of the project.”
The Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel, according to the statement was more than half-way complete and on January 26, 2016 sailed out for the Keppel Shipyard in Singapore for integration of the oil and gas processing modules.
“It had undergone conversion and life extension at the HRDD shipyard in China, to meet the 20-year life of the field, without dry-docking (moving to a shipyard) for maintenance. It is expected to be completed and set sail to Ghana in the first quarter of 2017,” it said.
The manufacturer of subsea production systems and facilities are well underway. Five deepwater wells have been drilled in the field. Success on projects of this scale and complexity require not only commitment from GNPC, state institutions and project partners, but also huge logistical mobilisation.
Alexander Mould, the Acting CEO of GNPC is quoted by the statement as saying, “Sankofa is a game-changer in the development of Ghana’s gas industry. GNPC, the state institutions and the World Bank have been particularly effective in efforts to finalise the commercial and contractual arrangements for the project.
“We are pleased to have made significant progress in just one year, but there is much more to do. We will continue to collaborate with these institutions, and in addition, provide access to use of project equipment, machinery and vehicles, to ensure successful delivery of the project,” the statement said.
Mr. Mould said, “As the national gas sector aggregator, GNPC will play an enabling role, with the necessary investments. Investments in the construction of gas export pipelines to be integrated with the Ghana Gas pipelines, together with onshore receiving facilities are necessary to ensure efficient supply of fuel to improve Ghana’s energy capacity.”
This he said would help provide electricity to households, schools, hospitals and businesses, and fuel Ghana’s economic development.