Onshore petroleum exploration in Ghana to begin in four regions


State-owned petroleum explorer, Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), says preparation works are underway to start onshore petroleum exploration in four regions of the country.


The Northern, Brong Ahafo, Ashanti, and Eastern Regions form part of the Voltaian basin which the exploratory company has earmarked for seismic activities.

These were contained in a release issued by the GNPC after leading a team of stakeholders to undertake community engagements across 23 metropolitan, municipal, and district areas (MMDAs) in the four regions.

According to the release, the engagements formed part of processes towards using a scientific process to acquire information about the structure of rocks in the area.

A team, comprising more than 50 participants, including upstream petroleum sector regulator, Petroleum Commission, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and security agencies, briefed the communities on plans and processes in place for computing and paying compensation where applicable.

Other stakeholders included local government authorities, community leaders, including traditional rulers and assemblymen, land and property owners, family and clan heads, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) operating in the various areas.

The release said the seismic data acquisition would determine their potential for containing oil and gas in the areas which form part of the Voltaian Basin.

?We are committed to working in partnership with the people in the communities where we operate. Therefore, we deemed engaging these communities important to take on board their concerns, and assuring them of our commitment to addressing them,? Alexander Mould, Acting Chief Executive of GNPC remarked.

Ghana?s Jubilee field, which started producing oil in 2010 after the commercial discoveries in 2009, is expected to end 2015 with average production of 100,000 barrels of oil per day (i00,000 bopd).

Collapsing world crude prices, notwithstanding, Tullow oil plc of the United Kingdom(UK), the operators, are going ahead with the development of the Tweneboa-Enyenra-Ntomme (TEN) field which is about 65 percent complete and is on course to deliver first oil by next year. Enditem

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