TEN Project Passes Half Way Stage

Ghana’s  second major oil development, the Tweneboa, Enyenra and Ntomme (TEN),  successfully passed the 50 per cent overall completion stage last week.

A statement issued by the ministry of Petroleum said the TEN project, being spearheaded by Tullow Oil off the coast of the Western Region, was on track for first oil in mid-2016. 

The floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel, which will receive and store the oil, is under construction in Singapore and remains on schedule to arrive in Ghanaian waters in February 2016. 

Key parts of the FPSO were fabricated by various Ghanaian companies and have been installed on the FPSO. The TEN fields are expected to produce oil for around 20 years.

Another milesstone
The statement said the project achieved another significant milestone in the second week of last January with the drilling of the 10th well. 

“This production well, through which crude oil will flow from the Enyenra reservoir, is the final well required for start-up in mid-2016. The drilling of the 10 start-up wells has therefore been completed ahead of the March 2015 schedule,” it said.

The Minister of  Petroleum, Mr Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah , in reacting to the development, commented thus: “I am delighted that Ghana’s next big oil project is on track to achieving its mid-2016 target for first oil. I commend Tullow and its partners for progress to date and implore them to maintain this momentum for the second half of the project.”

We will deliver on schedule
The TEN Project Director, Terry Hughes, said, “It’s fantastic that we have passed these two important milestones ahead of schedule. However, we’re only halfway through and we still have a lot to do, so we will not be resting on our laurels and I am confident we will deliver the project on time for Ghana.”

The General Manager of Tullow Ghana, Mr Charles Darku, reiterated the commitment of the TEN partners to ensure the timely and complete delivery of another world class oil and gas fields to support Ghana’s socio-economic development.

Ghana started producing oil in late 2010 with the pumping of crude from the offshore Jubilee field with an average output currently at 100,000 barrels per day( bpd).

About the TEN Project
The TEN fields lie in the deepwater Tano block, around 60 kilometres offshore Ghana. The reservoirs are spread over 800 square kilometers, and lie in water depths of between 1,000 and 1,800 metres. 

Development of the TEN Project is being led by Tullow Oil, with partners Ghana National Petroleum Corporation, Kosmos Energy LLC, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation and PetroSA. 

The TEN Development Plan was approved by the government of Ghana in May 2013 and requires the drilling and completion of up to 24 development wells. 

These will be connected through subsea infrastructure to a FPSO vessel currently under construction in Singapore. First oil from the TEN fields is scheduled for mid-2016, and the nominal production capacity of the FPSO is 80,000 barrels of oil per day (bpd).

Tullow Oil plc
Tullow is a leading independent oil & gas, exploration and production group, quoted on the London, Irish and Ghanaian stock exchanges.  The Group has interests in over 140 exploration and production licences across 23 countries.