Ghana’s national oil company, GNPC, has officially commenced the decommissioning of the Mr.  Louie Platform in the Saltpond Oil Field in the Central Region.

According to the Corporation, the decommissioning project is estimated to last twelve months.

This is the first time a decommissioning project of this kind is taking place in Ghana.

GNPC is the lead contractor and is, therefore, standing in readiness to work hand-in-hand to ensure the success of the project.

Having obtained majority of the statutory approvals and key permits, GNPC will provide both financial and technical support to fully execute the year-long project.

The Mr.  Louie Platform, which was commissioned in 1970, has reached the end of its operational life and is deteriorating.

GNPC has engaged Hans & Co. Limited [a wholly Ghanaian-owned Company] to lead a consortium of industry experts in undertaking the project on a turnkey basis.

The project will be supported by a project management consultancy firm to ensure that all aspects of the decommissioning, including well plugging and abandonment and topside removal, are performed with strict adherence to Health, Safety, Security and Environmental (HSSE) protocols.

The Acting CEO of GNPC, Mr Opoku Ahweneeh Danquah stated that “the decommissioning of the first oil platform in Ghana is necessary to ensure that the marine ecosystem around the Saltpond area is returned to its pre-licence condition. With several oil and gas platforms expected to be decommissioned in the future, GNPC personnel will gain additional hands-on technical capabilities by collaborating with other experienced industry experts during this exercise.”

Mr. Danquah further revealed that the field decommissioning process was preceded by pre-planning and a feasibility study that was endorsed by the Ministry of Energy.

“While we continue to work to meet all the technical and safety requirements, the Corporation is also enhancing its social license to operate by continuously holding Stakeholder and community engagements in coastal communities where the project is taking place. This is to sensitise fisher folk about the importance and need to observe safety measures and stay away from the restricted zone. We have also supported the traditional authorities to perform all the necessary customary rites for the project to kick-off.” Mr.  Danquah added.

The Acting Chief Executive Officer of GNPC thanked the Ministry of Energy, Petroleum

Commission, Ghana Maritime Authority, National Security, Environmental Protection Agency and other key stakeholders, whose representatives were present at the kick-off for their support in ensuring that the project takes off successfully.

 

 

Source: https://energynewsafrica.com

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