Ghanaian Government has given approval to the Plan of Develop­ment (PoD) for the Sankofa complex offshore Ghana where it envisages first oil in 2017 and first gas by 2018.
The Italian major, ENI, is the op­erator of the Offshore Cape Three Points (OCTP) block in the Tano Basin, where the field is located.
ENI estimates discovered vol­umes in the complex as 490 Mil­lion barrels (MMbbls) Original Oil In Place (OOIP) and 1.2 Tril­lion Cubic Feet (Tcf) of gas in place (GIIP).
The Ghanaian government is particularly interested in Sankofa development because of what it means to gas production in the country.
A statement by the Ghanaian government stated that ?This project promises to deliver up to 170 million cubic feet of gas per day for the next 20 years and put Ghana on its way to a future where one of the critical constraints to power generation (cheaper fuel) will be addressed.?
It noted that the key challenge is the processing and transporta­tion infrastructure to get the gas to several power plants in the country.
However, Ghana is building a number of gasfired thermal plants and even importing ther­mal barges, all of which will need at least 400MMscf/d by 2018.
The $6billion project includes floating production storage and off-loading (FPSO) vessel, which will be the third in the country. Oil production is expected to peak at around 50,000BOPD.

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