Tullow Turns Ghana into Hot Spot

Tullow's renowned Jubilee field has turned Ghana into a black gold hot spot, discussed the "Jubilee Project" panel at the Offshore Technology Conference 2012. Touted as Africa's biggest oil find in the last decade, Jubilee overcame several significant technical and commercial hurdles to commence production in a short amount of time.

Jubilee, situated on two licenses, Deepwater Tano and West Cape Three Points, is considered a very ambitious challenge for the first significant development ever offshore Ghana, the field was developed in three and a half years, with first oil commencing in November 2010.

"Jubilee’s unique circumstances justified a very aggressive appraisal development strategy and dictated an unconventional approach to organizing and managing the project, which ultimately was highly successful," stated Dennis McLaughlin, senior vice president of development of Kosmos Energy.

With the Jubilee field project flowing at a production rate of 55,000 barrels of oil per day (bopd) during its first phase of development, the operator is now focusing on further developing the field.

In March 2012, Phase 1A development drilling commenced on the field. The plan calls for eight new wells to be drilled compromising five producers and three water injectors. The first of these wells should come online in late June. This phase and the initial development phase should allow production to ramp up toward the FPSO's design capacity of 120,000 bopd.

Tullow Oil, a partner on the field, expects Jubilee's production to average between 70,000 and 90,000 bpd in 2012, depending on the well performance achieved from the Phase 1 recovery program and the execution schedule of the Phase 1A wells.


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Jubilee Student | May. 4, 2012
I seem to remember that production was supposed to be 120,000 bopd once the first phase would be online (last year). Tullow seem to struggle with well productivity issues. The only new information is that production is a lot lower than earlier anticipated. Nothing on how the apparent productivity issues are being addressed.

Oumar | May. 4, 2012
In my opinion, its better to keep this production, and do not try to increase it, avoiding any risks in demaging the reservoir. Because we experienced the same case in Chinguetti field, in Mauritania, the production at the starting was 75,000 BPD, and currently is under 10,000 BPD, because of technical problemes, and damage on the reservoir.

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