Business News of Mon, 10 Aug 20156
Tullow cuts crude production
The Lead operator of the Jubilee field, Tullow oil has cut crude production by 27,000 barrels due to the continuous reinjection of gas into the oil wells.
According to the Deputy Minister of petroleum Benjamin Dagadu, Tullow oil is now producing 76,000 barrels per day.
The recent problems with the compressors on FPSO Kwame Nkrumah led to a halt in gas supply to Ghana National Gas Company which has resulted in the reinjection of gas into the wells.
The Petroleum Ministry and the Environmental Protection Agency have given the green light for Tullow to flare some gas due to the effects the continuous reinjection is having on crude production.
Benjamin Dagadu reveals that Tullow has flared up to 70 million standard cubic feet of gas since July 7.
“We can give permit for limited flaring when that will help the reservoir management,” he stated.
According to him, Tullow has reduced the gas volumes being flared to 28 million standard cubic feet.
According to Benjamin Dagadu, gas supply has been restored to the GNGC after challenges with the compressor on the FPSO was addressed.
But he stated that Tullow is yet to get confirmation to supply at the optimal 120 million standard cubic feet.
Meanwhile, the Ghana National Gas Company has confirmed to Citi Business news, it is ready to receive optimal volumes from the partners.
But the Communication Manager of Ghana Gas, Alfred Ogbamey said, “We are eager to take up those volumes however whatever volumes we process is dependent on two things , the ability of the upstream supply ,Tullow and partners to give us those volume is one and the ability of the downstream off-takers , VRA to take those volumes give us those volume is one”.
According to GNGC, it is supplying Volta River Authority with 64 million standard cubic feet of gas.