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Oilfield unitisation: Court dismisses Eni’s judicial review application

The Ministry of Energy ordered Eni and Springfield to unitise the Afina and Sankofa fields after the two companies failed to make progress on their own but Eni went to court over the directive

An Accra High Court has upheld a directive by the Ministry of Energy for the unitisation of Springfield’s Afina discovery with ENI and Vitol’s Sankofa fields to minimise the cost of production. 

In April this year, Eni and Vitol filed a motion at the High Court for a judicial review of the directive and asked the court to among others declare that the purported directive by the Energy Ministry was illegal. 

The court presided over by Justice Emmanuel Mensah, however, dismissed the case, ruling that the motion paper to the application “is incompetent”.

“The court has carefully reviewed all the affidavit evidence on record in respect of the instant judicial review application together with their exhibits thereto attached and of course the statements of case filed by counsels on behalf of their respective clients and has come to the form that the judicial review application filed by the applicants on the 12 April is unmeritorious for which reason it should fail and of course accordingly dismissed.”

The court also holds the view that the timing of the instant application is wrong. 

Read the full ruling below:

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