By Fred Akanni, in Accra
The drillship Noble Venturer was the only rig active in Ghana for the entire first half of 2023.
It was active on a total of nine wells on one field: the Jubilee field, in the country’s western offshore.
Out of the nine probes, Noble Venturer was drilling in five and completing in four wells during those six months.
The rig drilled J62-WI, a Water Injector, J64-P, an Oil Producer, J65-WI Water Injector, J64-P, an Oil Producer and J66-P Oil Producer. In the same period, it completed J61-P, an Oil Producer, J64-P Oil Producer. J65-WI, a Water Injector and J63-P Oil Producer.
There was no rigsite activity by any other company, including ENI, the only major oil firm operating in the country.
Norwegian junior, Aker Energy, which has reached a development stage on Deepwater Tano/Cape Three Points (DWT/CTP, had only received approval ,as of May 2023, for the new Field Development Plan.
Most E&P firms operating in Ghana are third tier independents with little risk appetite and dismal execution capacity. One company no longer has Ghana included on its presentation profile, but the authorities keep publishing claims that it has a work programme it is executing.