President Akufo-Addo commissions first Oil from Jubilee South East Oil field project

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On September 8, 2023, First Oil from the Jubilee South East (JSE) Project, a venture between Tullow and the Ghana National Petroleum Company (GNPC), Kosmos Energy, Jubilee Oil Holdings Limited, and Petro SA, was officially launched by President of the Republic Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

President Akufo-Addo claims that the South East Project’s achievement is consistent with the larger Jubilee field strategy, which aims to increase gross production from the field’s eastern side.

“With a collective investment of some one billion United States dollars (US$1 billion), our target of maintaining production above one hundred thousand (100,000) barrels of oil per day from this field, by year end, is well within reach. With some three hundred million (300 million) barrels of oil estimated within the Jubilee field, this triumph augments our confidence in other prospects across the nation,” the President said.

The President addressed the crowd and said that the success of the JSE initiative has strengthened his government’s resolve to attract additional investments from partners in the TEN field initiative.

In addition, he emphasized that “the TEN field, enriched with substantial gas reserves, is pivotal to our nation’s natural gas production and the stability of our power sector in the coming years.” He claimed that this expansion will “consolidate Government’s achievements in the oil and gas sector.”

President Akufo-Addo informed the crowd that he was aware of comments made in the media and other places regarding the possibility of utilizing Ghana’s domestically produced natural gas to satisfy the demands of the nation’s power sector.

“Players in the oil and gas sector have been advocating for a commitment by Government to consider deploying more natural gas produced domestically to solve the challenges in providing sustainable electricity for individuals, households and businesses,” he said.

The President continued, “I want to re-emphasize our commitment to expedite discussions and agree mutually acceptable terms for a combined gas sales agreement between Tullow, its Joint Venture Partners and Government. This step will pave the way for heightened success and revenue generation in the sector, fostering the use of natural gas for domestic purposes, and the creation of allied industries. Such utilisation is especially critical in meeting approximately half of our power generation requirements.”
Local Content

Touching on Local Content and Ghanaian participation in upstream petroleum operations, President Akufo-Addo stated that Government’s position on local content is not just about supplying ancillary services to the sector, but also having a stake in the resources as well.

“We must collectively endeavour to train our people to get to a level where they have the capacity to be able to participate fully in the industry, and our position is to strengthen all training vehicles in the various industries of the Energy sector, like the Accelerated Oil and Gas Capacity Building Programme, to ensure that Ghanaians have the relevant certification to become competitive, and play a fuller role in the industry. That fuller role will be most effectively anchored when we ensure Ghanaian equity participation in the upstream development of our oil and gas resources,” he stated.

Energy Transition

President Akufo-Addo acknowledged that it has become essential for Ghana to develop plans and strategies toward the creation of a net-zero energy sector because the country is a signatory to the Paris Agreement, whose discussions were co-chaired by the second president of the 4th Republic, His Excellency John Agyekum Kufuor, and other international conventions.

“However, as I have reiterated on previous occasions, whilst working hard to combat the effects of climate change, it is also important to protect our development by making sure that our oil reserves do not become stranded assets, but, rather, a catalyst for our economic growth. Our position remains unchanged,” he added.

Ghana, the President reiterated, has everything going for it as a destination for investment– a stable political system, a robust legal framework, a viable fiscal regime, a good telecommunications system, a hardworking, skilled labour force, and warm, hospitable people.

“I wish to assure the investor community of our continued support to ensure that their investments are safe in law and in fact, and that they are able to flourish in our country within the context of our relevant laws. Our doors are always open for conversations on your presence in Ghana, and I hope the good, warm relations we have fostered over the years will continue to endure in the times ahead,” he added.


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