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Eni achieves ‘first oil’ from the OCTP Ghana development


Congratulations to Eni for achieving ‘first oil’ from the Offshore Cape Three Points (OCTP) Ghana development, with a record time-to-market milestone.

Hitting targets, meeting customers’ expectations and delivering on time, every time has never been more important in the global oil and gas industry.

During this lower-for-longer environment, industry players are leaving no stone unturned to discover new, smarter and more efficient means to reduce costs, achieve operational excellence and provide stability.

So, it was with tremendous pride that GE Oil & Gas acknowledged the recent announcement from global energy giant, Eni, when they achieved ‘first oil’ from the Offshore Cape Three Points (OCTP) Ghana development, with a record time-to-market milestone.

For anyone unfamiliar with this strategically important development, it’s an integrated oil and gas project made up of the Sankofa Main, Sankofa East and Gye-Nyame fields, located about 60 kilometers off Ghana’s Western Region coast. The fields have about 770 million barrels in place, comprising 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 Subsea Christmas trees. 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).

The GE Oil and Gas Scope incorporates both the full subsea production system and turbomachinery equipment onboard the FPSO.

The subsea production system consists of up to 21 Horizontal Subsea Christmas Trees, the Subsea Control System (SPS), FLETs and umbilicals, as well as project management, fabrication, transport and testing.

GE delivered ahead of schedule with the first two trees arriving in-country within 23 months, and running with zero NPT. GE also executed the project with an integrated Project Management Team located in the UK in strict coordination with the Ghana Team which built the Services facility in Ghana to receive and test the subsea equipment prior to deployment offshore.

It’s a tremendous example of how major industry players can come together and not only deliver on their commitments but actually surpass expectations, ahead of schedule and in spite of the downturn. Let’s make every effort to have that become “the new normal”.

Ghana has decades of development potential and we are excited to be providing support to a project that will act as an important energy source for the country for many years – with minimal environmental impact – while also driving the development of local infrastructure and capacity-building.

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