Running smooth on Ghana’s Jubilee oilfields

Oil RigEverything looks smooth at Ghana’s Jubilee oilfields as projects are being on schedule as planned.

The Jubilee field production is currently producing an average 104,000 barrels of oil per day (bopd)  in the year to date in line with what officials have expected.

Since first oil, the field has produced over 65 million barrels with continued strong uptime performance from the FPSO facilities.

According to the lead operator at the Jubilee fields, Tullow Oil Plc, a test of the FPSO facilities has been completed and it is indicating an oil system capacity in excess of 125,000 bopd.

The British oil producer in a statement May 8, 2013, mentioned that the gas compression upgrade project is on schedule to be completed in the third quarter of 2013, thereby removing the current capacity restriction of 110,000 bopd.

With the likelihood of the delayed completion of a plant that will transport Jubilee gas from the fields, it has been assured that the delay will not have any impact on the country’s oil production.

“Given the potential for the gas export route to be delayed until the end of 2013 or beyond, work is ongoing to make sure sufficient gas injection capacity remains available to ensure no impact on Jubilee oil production, said Tullow in its latest interim statement.

On Jubilee Phase 1A project, work is progressing with two wells completed and producing above expectations. Tullow says the total field well capacity now is in excess of the processing capacity.

The company promised that the remaining three Phase 1A producers and three water injectors will be completed in the fourth quarter of 2013, albeit later than scheduled due to the poor performance and extended downtime of the Sedco Energy rig.

The development plan for the Tweneboa-Enyenra and Ntomme (TEN) project has been already submitted to the Ghana government which must be approved before key projects start. Indeed it was given to the government in November 2012, Tullow noted.

The FPSO and Subsea tender processes are both believed to be in the final optimisation phase, with final awards expected upon approval.

It looks like the year 2013 has started progressively with the Jubilee partners in respect to the happenings at the fields. This comes on the back of various troubles they encountered early 2012 when oil production was not hitting the expected levels.

By Ekow Quandzie

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