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Business News of Saturday, 30 May 2020


Tullow says production unaffected as multiple cases of coronavirus recorded offshore

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Tullow Oil Ghana, the lead operator of Jubilee field– the country’s foremost oil field, has assured that oil production will not face any hiccups after the first cases of the novel coronavirus were recorded offshore.

A statement issued by the company on Friday, May 29, stated that three persons have so far contracted the virus aboard the FPSO Kwame Nkrumah while 57 people on board a support vessel have also tested positive.

“Following the report of two positive cases of COVID-19 by Tullow Ghana on 26 May 2020, the Ghana Health Service (GHS) confirmed on Thursday 28 May that contact tracing and testing of personnel onboard the Kwame Nkrumah (KNK) FPSO revealed one positive case of COVID-19,” the company said.

The affected individual, Tullow stated is in good health and has been medically evacuated from the FPSO to an onshore isolation facility for monitoring.

According to Tullow, the remaining 50 personnel working on the FPSO, however, tested negative further assuring that production FPSO will continue unaffected.

Meanwhile, all affected personnel are to be brought onshore for isolation and case management.

“Tullow’s immediate concern is for the safety and well-being of personnel and the public, and to minimize any potential for the spread of the virus. Enhanced social distancing is being enforced on both vessels and permanent restriction of movement between CSV Lancelot and FPSO Kwame Nkrumah is in place.

The Jubilee Fields as Ghana’s premier oil field produces on average 82,000 barrels of oil per day.