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Tullow Oil says Ghana operational performance in first six months strong

Tullow says despite its strong performance in the first six months, production from the Ghanaian oilfields is expected to fall to 51,600bpd

Ghana News Agency (Accra)Tullow Oil plc says its operational performance in Ghana has been strong in the first half of the year, with uptime on both floating production and storage and offloading vessels in excess of 95%.

Overall, the company said it produced 77,700 barrels per day (bpd) in the first half of the year, at a realised oil price of US$52 per barrel, including hedge receipts of $131 million.

In its trading statement and operational update for the first six months of 2020, Tullow said gross production from the Jubilee field stood at 84,700bpd, of which 30,000bpd was net to Tullow.

The TEN project averaged 50,900bpd with a net of 24,000bpd to Tullow.

Production for the rest of the year is expected to range between 71,000 and 78,000bpd.

Lower production

However, production from Ghana’s oilfields is expected to fall to 51,600bpd over the full year, from 54,000bpd in the first half.

The statement said the completion operations on the Ntomme-9 production well at TEN were ongoing, and the well was due onstream in August.

Tullow said it had also cut its oil price assumptions. As a result, it expected impairment and exploration write-offs of between $1.4 billion and $1.7 billion before tax.

Rahul Dhir, chief executive officer of Tullow Oil plc, said: “Since becoming CEO on 1 July, I have been impressed by the quality of Tullow’s people and the potential of our assets and I am confident that we can build Tullow into a competitive and successful business once again.

“Despite the challenging external environment in the first half of the year, Tullow has performed well, delivering production in line with forecast, agreeing with the sale of the Ugandan assets and reshaping the Group’s structure and cost base.

“In the second half of 2020, our focus will remain on continuing to deliver safe and reliable production from West Africa, reducing debt and building a cost-effective and efficient organisation that can compete in a low oil price environment.”

The company will release its half-year results on 9 September 2020.

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