Africa Oil & Gas: GNPC takes steps to decommission Saltpond field, offshore Ghana

Contrary to earlier speculations that the country’s oldest oil-producing field at Saltpond will be revived, the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) has said it has initiated the process to decommission it.

According to the GNPC, the actual process will start after the decommissioning plan has been finalized by a consultant and approved by the Minister of Energy.

The General Manager, Geoscience, GNPC, Mr Benjamin Kwame Asante, in an interview on the sidelines of the just ended 2018 Ghana Gas Forum, said although operations had ceased at the field, there was a skeletal staff maintaining it ahead of the decommissioning.

The Saltpond Oil Field was the first oil-producing field in the country and is located about 65 miles west of Accra and operated by the Saltpond Offshore Producing Company Limited (SOPCL).Source: Ghana Business & Finance Magazine

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