Aker Energy Ghana Ltd, a subsidiary of Norwegian-based oil exploration firm, has begun Geophysical and Geotechnical surveys (G&G Survey) on its Pecan oil field in the Republic of Ghana.
This is a major step towards submission of a Plan of Development by the end of year.
The surveys are critical in optimising the Pecan Subsea Field Layout, and Aker Energy has appointed Fugro Ghana Limited to perform the G&G surveys which would be done on two separate campaigns, with the Geotechnical Survey being done first, using the Fugro Scout vessel.
The Fugro Scout vessel arrived in Ghana on the 11th of May and has commenced work in the DWT/CTP Block.
The Geotechnical Campaign would be executed over a 3-4-week period and should be completed by the end of June 2021.
The Geophysical survey would be performed later in 2021.
The data received from these surveys will give accurate information around the integrity of the seabed and confirm that the subsea infrastructure can be safely positioned over the life of the field of the project.
“With these surveys, we take a significant step in moving towards submitting a Plan of Development and
Operations to the Government of Ghana and achieving first oil,” said Mrs. Kadijah Amoah, Chief Executive Officer for Aker Energy Ghana Limited.
The G&G survey forms part of a series of activities Aker Energy commits to undertake as part of its determination to realise first oil.
In May this year, Aker Energy announced it was moving forward with a new phased development concept for the Pecan field, reducing the breakeven costs.
“There is a lot more work before first oil but our decision to proceed with a phased development of the field and now the commencement of the G&G survey is further evidence of our commitment to this project and to Ghana,” said Mrs Amoah.
AkerEnergy holds a 50% participating interest in the license, and the partners are Lukoil Overseas Ghana Tano Limited (38%), the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) (10%) and Fueltrade Limited (2%).