Aker Energy begins geophysical and geotechnical survey campaign on Pecan field

The move by Aker Energy is a major step towards submission of Plan of Development by end of year

Aker Energy has begun geophysical and geotechnical surveys (G&G Survey) on its Pecan field, a major step towards submission of a Plan of Development by the end of year.

The surveys are critical in optimizing the Pecan Subsea Field Layout and Aker Energy has appointed Fugro Ghana Limited to perform the G&G surveys which will be done on two separate campaigns, with the geotechnical survey being done first using the Fugro Scout vessel.

The Fugro Scout vessel arrived in Ghana on 11 May and has now commenced work in the DWT/CTP Block.

The geotechnical campaign will be executed over a three to four-week period and should be completed by the end of June 2021. The geophysical survey will be performed later on in 2021.

The data received from these surveys will give accurate information around the integrity of the seabed and confirm that the subsea infrastructure can be safely positioned over the life of the field of the project.

In a statement, Kadijah Amoah, chief executive officer for Aker Energy Ghana said, “With these surveys, we take a significant step in moving towards submitting a Plan of Development and Operations to the Government of Ghana and achieving first oil.”

The G&G survey forms part of a series of activities Aker Energy commits to undertake as part of its determination to realize first oil.

In May this year, Aker Energy announced it was moving forward with a new phased development concept for the Pecan field reducing the breakeven costs.

“There is a lot more work before first oil but our decision to proceed with a phased development of the field and now the commencement of the G&G survey is further evidence of our commitment to this project and to Ghana” Amoah said.

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