Eni, Vitol and GNPC work on Sankofa FPSO project
The Italian major company Eni and its partners, the Swiss trading company Vitol and the Ghana National Petroleum Company (GNPC), are working on the technical requirements of the floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel to be moored in the Offshore Cape Three Points (OCTP) Block to develop the Sankofa and Gye Nyame oil and gas fields offshore Ghana.
– 150 million barrels of crude oil
– 1.1 trillion cubic feet of gas
In the OCTP Block, Eni and its partners share the working interests in such as way as:
– Vitol 37.78%
– GNPC 15%
Focusing on the natural development the Ghana Government had synchronized in August 2012 to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Eni and Vitol for the development of the Sankofa Gye Nyame projects in the same time as it started the construction of the 110 kilometers gas pipeline from Atuabo on the coast to the Aboadze power plant in the north.
If Sinopec International Petroleum Services Company (Sinopec) undertook the construction of the pipeline immediately, the strategy to develop Sankofa and Gye Nyame took longer time.
BW, SBM and SBM in competition for Sankofa FPSO
Actually the Sankofa project has no chance to enter commercial operations on time with the pipeline, leading the Ghana Government to look for substitute source of supply including the import of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the meantime that Ghana offshore gas fields come on stream.
In this context, Eni and its partners Vitol and GNPC are urged by the Ghana Government to speed up the development of the Sankofa and Gye Nyame oil and gas fields through the deployement of a FPSO in the Offshore Cape Three Points Blocks.
Originally thought to be developed as a non-associated gas to speed up the project, the gas prices and the crude oil reserves of the OCPT Block motivated the stake holders to opt for the FPSO concept.
Therefore the conceptual design of the FPSO is based on:
– 50,000 barrels per day (b/d) of crude oil
– 160 million cubic feet per day (cf/d) of natural gas
Based on these capacities at peak of production, Eni and its partners are working with BW Offshore, Modec and SBM offshore to evaluate the shortest route to convert an existing vessel into the corresponding Sankofa FPSO.