Tullow Ghana to shut down FPSO Kwame Nkrumah

The FPSO Kwame Nkrumah
The FPSO Kwame Nkrumah

The Jubilee partners led by Tullow Ghana Limited, operator of the Jubilee Field, has announced a 14-day planned shutdown of the FPSO Kwame Nkrumah to undertake maintenance on vital equipment for enhanced safety and guarantee standards.

The FPSO Kwame Nkrumah is a floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel and operates in the Jubilee oil fields off the coast of the country.

The vessel named after Ghana’s first president, Dr Kwame Nkrumah, is expected to cease work on March 20, 2016 for routine maintenance, company officials said in a statement copied to the Ghana News Agency on Tuesday.

“The 14 days shutdown is to allow for planned maintenance work to be undertaken on key equipment of the FPSO,” the statement said.

The statement said the shutdown is essential to ensure reliability and integrity of the FPSO to ensure safety in line with standard industry practice.

“Our commitment is to adhere to international operational performance management standards to ensure the FPSO operates   safely and efficiently at its optimal level,” the Managing Director of Tullow Ghana Limited, Mr Charles Darku was quoted in the statement as saying.

The company indicated that, “there will be no oil or gas production from the Jubilee Field during the 14 day period,” barring any concerns of power cut after the country’s erratic power supply stabilized at the beginning of the year.

“The planned shutdown will not impact the projected average production for the year,” the statement added.

The last major planned maintenance shutdown was undertaken in September 2013.

Source: GNA

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