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Tullow Oil assures local businesses of some upturn in trade

Mr. Charles Darku, the Managing Director of Tullow Ghana limited says local businesses would once more see some revival soon.

According to him, despite the numerous business hiccups with regards to oil production, price drops has had bearing on local industries.

He said the company had put in place total remedial plan to ensure that the Jubilee Turret problem was solved whilst interim spread-mooring arrangement made to stabilize the Jubilee FPSO to aid in high levels of production.

The Managing Director said, “We see ourselves doing well next year to revive local industries”.

He was speaking at a media engagement organized by the Company for Journalists in the Western Region to update them on the operational performance of both the Jubilee Oil Field and the TEN projects.

On the Jubilee Field, he said the Field continued to deliver full year gross production forecast of 73.5kstb/d and 10.9 billion scf of gas export, whilst Ghana Gas gets up to 120mm scfd daily .

He said a comprehensive plan had also been developed on further exploration and drilling in 2018 to extend and increase reserves.

Meanwhile, 11 out of 34 proposed wells had been drilled within the TEN plant. The field also commenced Gas export to replace jubilee gas during the flare shutdown.

The Managing Director said bringing the TEN project on stream would help the company build a high margin and a long life cash flow and that the Jubilee Turret remediation project would also ensure long term solution.

The company, with the TEN gas infrastructure complete would closely collaborate with Ghana National Gas Corporation, the Volta River Authority and GRIDco to optimize gas supply and usage.

Mr. Darku noted that a state of the Art metering systems had been acquired to ensure improved recordings of any off take whilst GRA staffs have also been assigned on the FPSO to ensure access to information in lifting in real time.

Mr. Darku said about 77 per cent of planned procurement would be done with indigenous and joint venture companies to act as a boost once again to the local economy, adding that the company had worked to develop local capacity in the value chain.

In the area of social support, the company would strengthen the capacity of indigenes through Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, strengthen local economy and collaborate with stakeholders on shared infrastructure.

Source: GNA

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