Gas output from Ghana’s Jubilee field to go back up

FPSO Kwame Nkrumah - kamingusu - FlickrThe FPSO Kwame Nkrumah had developed a fault in a compressor, reducing the output from the FPSO. (Image source: kamingusu/Flickr)Tullow Oil, operator of the Jubilee field offshore Ghana, has given the assurance that the supply of gas from FPSO Kwame Nkrumah will resume in a few days

Last month, Tullow Oil had cut the export of gas from the field, following a fault in the compressor which is used to extract gas from the field to Atuabo gas processing plant. Repair work on the compressor has been almost finished.

During a visit to the FPSO last week, Ghana’s energy minister, Emmanuel Armah Kofi Buah, urged the site engineers to expedite the repair work. After the visit, he told journalists that the engineers had already made a lot of progress and that most of the repair work had already been completed. After the mechanical completion, engineers were set to test-run the system, he noted.

“The good news is that we might even see gas evacuation to resume quicker than we had anticipated,” the minister said.

Following the fault in the compressor, daily oil production at the Jubilee field has been cut by about half. Managing director of Tullow Oil Ghana, Charles Darku, explained that they have been limited to producing 65,000 bpd on average, down from about 110,000 bpd before the compressor developed a fault.

The shutdown of the facility compounded the power crisis in the country which has resulted in a massive load shedding programme. However, if gas production goes back up, the power scenario may stabilise towards the end of August.

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