Ghana ports authority prepares for oil production

Eric Watkins
OGJ Oil Diplomacy Editor

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 11 -- The Ghana Ports and Harbor Authority plans to begin construction of an oil service terminal at the Takoradi Port in September in preparation for the start of oil production next year.

About $50 million is needed for phase one of the project, due for completion in 18 months, which includes pipelay from offshore oil fields to the port. The project also includes construction of a terminal space for the operations of 10-15 supply vessels.

In connection with the development, Takoradi port authorities have put in place what they are calling an “immediate master plan” to reclaim a portion of the sea to serve as a berthing area for the oil service vessels, which have had to berth at a nearby naval base.

The plan also calls for the dredging of channels and berths to accommodate larger vessels, as well as increasing warehouse space, transit sheds, and space for trucks.

Earlier this month, Tullow Ghana Ltd. let a contract for subsea, well test, and data acquisition services to Expro International Group PLC for its deepwater Jubilee oil field offshore Ghana, which is due to start production in 2010 (OGJ Online, Aug. 4, 2009).

Contact Eric Watkins at hippalus@yahoo.com.

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