Springfield noted it has always been cooperative with this move but same cannot be said of ENI
• Springfield Oil exploration said they made efforts to have talks with ENI but they haven’t been cooperative
• In October a letter said the two companies had failed to reach a confidentiality agreement and missed a report deadline of mid-September
• According to Springfield the statement was to correct some inaccuracies and innuendoes which has made it imperative to set the records straight
Springfield Oil exploration firm has accused Italian oil firm ENI as the uncooperative party in the ongoing Unitization talks of Afina and Sankofa Oil fields.
According to a statement issued by Springfield on the current issues surrounding the unitization of the two oil fields, it says the two oil firms have failed to comply with the governments directive for the two oil blocks to be merged.
But Springfield in the statement noted it has always been cooperative with this move but the same cannot be said of ENI.
“We hope that ENI translates its statements into action by coming to the table for productive discussions to enable the parties to complete the unitization process,” the statement
Ghana has ordered ENIand Springfield Exploration and Production to unitize the Afina and Sankofa fields after the two companies failed to make progress on their own.
Ghana’s Ministry of Energy declared the fields unitized in a letter. The letter was dated October 14 and was addressed to the managing director of ENI Ghana Exploration and Production and the CEO of Springfield.
ENI began producing oil on the Offshore Cape Three Points (OCTP) block in May 2017, starting up a non-associated gas project in August 2018.
Springfield made its Afina discovery in late 2019, on the West Cape Three Points Block 2 (WCTP2). The Ghanaian ministry asked the two companies to begin talks in April this year.
Progress appears to have been slow. The October letter said the two companies had failed to reach a confidentiality agreement and missed a report
Deadline of mid-September. The ministry described this as a “flagrant disregard” of commitments on cooperation.
“Regrettably, it has become obvious that the parties do not intend to comply with the Minister of Energy’s directives,” the government said.
As such, it ordered Ghana National Petroleum Corp. (GNPC) to carry out a study on the area. This resulted in a decision that the Cenomanian channel straddles the two blocks.
WCTP2 holds 642 million barrels of oil in place, GNPC said, while OCTP has 535mn barrels.
The ministry asked ENI to determine its past expenditure. Given that ENI’s field is already in production, the letter said, “The past expenditure of the Sankofa field shall be netted off against the past revenue from the sale of hydrocarbons produced from the Sankofa field, and any party with a positive balance shall be paid immediately”.
Meanwhile, according to Springfield, the statement was to correct some inaccuracies and innuendoes which has made it imperative to set the records straight to clarify the position and give the public a fair and accurate perspective.
It maintained that as far as it’s concerned, it has been and will remain a willing, cooperative party to the unitization of the Afina-Sankofa fields. It added that they have even taken the necessary steps to actualize the said directive and have consistently pushed for an early resolution of all the challenges to executing the directive.