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Minister Visits Jubilee Field Contractors

The Minister of Energy, Dr. Joe Oteng-Adjei has visited three of the yards involved in the construction of the Jubilee Field Offshore Floating Production, Storage and Offloading vessel (FPSO) in Singapore.

The minister led a delegation that was made up of Thomas Manu, Technical Director of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation, Michael Opan, the Director of Policy Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation for the Government of Ghana and Paul McDade, the Chief Operating Officer of Tullow.

They visited the Jurong shipyard and the Dynamac fabrication yard in Singapore where the FPSO vessel and key process modules were being constructed. They toured the FPSO to examine the progress that has been made so far and also visited the MMHE fabrication yard in Malaysia where the turret, a key component of the FPSO, was being constructed.

After the visit, Dr. Oteng-Adjei said he was excited by what he saw, adding that he was confident that the project would be on schedule in terms of quality and costs. “I am certain that we would see first oil in Ghana in the final quarter of next year. Furthermore, I am grateful to all our partners for their commitment to this project,” he added.

Nevertheless, he revealed that the ultimate goal is to ensure that the resource at the disposal of the partners involved in the project development was used effectively for the benefit of the people of Ghana. “Our agenda is clear, and it is to work closely with our partners to create the wealth that will help develop our country.”

Paul McDade, the Chief Operating Officer of Tullow Oil Plc, was pleased with the progress by the three yards. He said, “While there is much work still to be done both here and in Ghana, we remain on target and on schedule for first oil in Ghana in the fourth quarter of 2010.”

Tullow is a leading independent oil and gas, exploration and production group that is listed on the London and Irish Stock Exchanges. The Group has interests in over 85 exploration and production licences across 23 countries and focuses on four core areas namely Africa, Europe, South Asia and South America.

In Africa, Tullow has production interest in Gabon, Cote d’Ivoire, Mauritania, Congo (Brazzaville) and Equatorial Guinea with two large appraisal and development programmes in Ghana and Uganda.

The company also has exploration interests in Gabon, Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Mauritania, Senegal, Congo (DRC), Tanzania, Madagascar, Namibia and Angola. Tullow’s European interests are primarily focused on gas in the Southern North Sea, UK where it has significant interests in the Caister-Murdoch System and the Thames area.

Source: dailyguideghana

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