Eni starts up OCTP project off Ghana

Italian oil company Eni has launched production from the integrated oil & gas development project in the Offshore Cape Three Points (OCTP) block, off Ghana’s western coast.

According to Eni’s statement on Saturday, May 20 the project was started in just two and a half years, and three months ahead of schedule reaching another record.

Namely, the company recently also started production from the Jangkrik development project off Indonesia, also ahead of schedule.

The OCTP integrated oil & gas development is made up of the Sankofa Main, Sankofa East and Gye-Nyame fields, which are located about 60 kilometers off Ghana’s Western Region coast.

The fields have about 770 million barrel of oil equivalent (mboe) in place, of which 500 million barrels of oil and 270 mboe of non-associated gas (about 40 billion cubic meters). The project includes the development of gas fields whose production will be utilized entirely by Ghana’s domestic market.

Production will be carried out via the John Agyekum Kufuor floating production, storage and offloading unit (FPSO), which will produce up to 85,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd) through 18 underwater wells. The unit arrived from Singapore, where it was built, to Ghana in April.

A 63-kilometer submarine pipeline will transport gas to Sanzule’s Onshore Receiving Facilities (ORF), where it will be processed and transmitted to Ghana’s national grid, supplying approximately 180 million standard cubic feet per day (mmscfd).

“Starting production only two and a half years after the approval of the Development Plan – Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi said – is an extraordinary result and a reason for great pride. It certifies our exploration skills and knowledge, as well as our field development vision, and it confirms the effectiveness of our new operational model, where Eni has a central role in project management, aimed at improving time-to-market.

“This is a result we are especially proud of, because it fits perfectly into the joint development vision that we have for Africa: we grow when the countries that host us also grow. The launch of OCTP will provide gas to Ghana for over 15 years and the resulting electricity will give a real boost to the country’s development.”

Eni is operator of the OCTP block with a 44.44% stake, while Vitol holds 35.56% and Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) 20%.

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