Eni begins gas production from OCTP, offshore Ghana

Eni ghanaThe move is in line with Ghana’s initiative to boost its oil and gas exploration. (Image source: Philippa McKinlay/Flickr)Eni, Africa-focused oil and gas major, has started gas production from the Sankofa field in the Offshore Cape Three Points (OCTP) Integrated Oil and Gas Project, in Ghana

The field is expected to provide 180mn scf per day for at least 15 years, which is seen as sufficient to convert to gas for the half of Ghana’s power generation capacity.

Production started from two of the four deep-water subsea wells connected to the Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel “John Agyekum Kufuor.” After the final steps of commissioning of the offshore facilities, production will gradually flow via a dedicated 60km pipeline to the Onshore Receiving Facility (ORF) in Sanzule, where gas will then be compressed and distributed to Ghana’s national grid.

OCTP is the only deep offshore non-associated gas development in Sub-Saharan Africa entirely destined to domestic consumption and it will guarantee stable, reliable, affordable gas supplies to Ghana. The project was developed with the support of the World Bank.

“The gas from OCTP aims to help Ghana shift from oil-fuelled power generation to a cleaner power source, with financial as well as environmental benefits, and contribute to the Country’s sustainable economic development,” said Eni to the press.

Speaking about West Africa’s oil and gas project, Claudio Descalzi, CEO of Eni, commented, “OCTP gas will contribute to Ghana’s energy stability, which is a prerequisite for industrial and economic growth, while at the same time helping reduce harmful emissions.”

GNPC will support Eni on the further steps to ensure gas delivery to the Ghanaian market reaches its expected volumes in the shortest period of time, noted Dr KK Sarpong, CEO of GNPC.

Eni has been present in Ghana since 2009 through its subsidiary Eni Ghana. Eni is Operator of the OCTP Integrated Oil and Gas Development Project (Eni 44.44 per cent, Vitol 35.56 per cent and GNPC 20 per cent) which reached the peak production one year ahead of the development plan.

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