GNPC: We’ve not postponed decommissioning date of Saltpong rig

Earlier, the Institute for Energy Policies and Research (INSTEPR) suggested that the country may incur a judgment debt and oil spillage over stalled Saltpong rig decommission

The Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) has debunked reports that suggest the national oil company has postponed the decommissioning of the Saltpong rig.

For instance, the GNPC has described as inaccurate assertions by the Institute for Energy Policies and Research (INSTEPR) suggesting that Ghana may incur a judgment debt and oil spillage over stalled Saltpong rig decommission.

In a statement, the national oil company said its new CEO Opoku Ahweneeh Danquah has not changed any decommissioning date for the rig.

“It is therefore not correct for INSTEPR to suggest that the new CEO (Mr Opoku Danquah) has postponed and subsequently cancelled the ‘meeting to start phase 2 indefinitely’. On 27 June 2022, the Chief Executive Officer of GNPC had written to the Contractor (Hans & Co) confirming 14 July 2022, as the date for the Kick-Off meeting after consultations with the Contractor and Petroleum Commission,” a statement from the GNPC said.

The statement explained that following the inspection of the equipment to be utilized in the decommissioning exercise in Nigeria, no definite date for the ‘kick-off’ meeting was set.

The statement pointed out that dates were proposed pending the team meeting all the statutory approvals.

“GNPC has been working with the contractor to meet certain regulatory requirements necessary to prove the contractor’s capacity and readiness to execute the decommissioning of the field,” it added.

Read the full GNPC statement below:

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