Eco Atlantic, GOSCO and Amni Petroleum are each planning to spud their first obligatory wells in the acreages they operate in Ghana in the second quarter of 2022.
Eco Atlantic, operator of Deepwater Cape Three Points West Offshore is working on Dawadawa-1X for drilling in Q2 2022. Amni International is making progress towards the Q2 2022 spud of Kusia 1X, in the Central Tano acreage, which it manages. Meanwhile, GNPC Operating Services Company Ltd GOSCO, operator of Offshore South-West Tano, is planning towards drilling Mansonia1X in Q2 2022.
Ghana’s Public Interest and Accountability Committee, reports that the Minister of Energy has granted these three E&P operators a restitution time of between eight and nine months to to compensate for the time lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic and reschedule their work programmes, because of the effect of COVID 19 in their operations. In each of the three cases, PIAC reports, well planning and drilling related procurement of goods and services are ongoing.
If these spuds actually take place, it would be a boon time for Ghanaian drilling.
Most of the country’s operators have sat on their acreages, with no drilling activity, for upwards of five years.
ExxonMobil, which operates Deepwater Cape Three Points, was similarly granted a restitution time of nine months to conduct a holistic assessment of the commerciality of opportunities in the Contract Area. The US major, however, voluntarily relinquished its rights to the Deepwater Cape Three Points Contract Area in May 2021.