Eni starts up Sankofa, but Ghana power still in limbo

By Miriam Malek 10 July 2017
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Part of Ghana’s Jubilee project. (Ghana Gas) Part of Ghana’s Jubilee project. (Ghana Gas)

The rapid development of Sankofa, Ghana’s showpiece oil and gas field, reflects well on its operator Eni. But delays to the country’s independent power producer (IPP) programme mean planned power projects may not have been approved by the time gas becomes available.

The first volumes of crude oil from Sankofa are now flowing three months early, Eni announced this week. A spokesman from the World Bank told Interfax Natural Gas Daily this could mean gas production will also begin slightly earlier than Eni’s scheduled startup date of Q2 2018. Around 5 million cubic metres per day of gas will flow from Sankofa once the field is ramped up to capacity, which is scheduled for the end of next year.

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