The marine vessel will support Tullow Ghana’s two Floating Production Storage Offloading (FPSO) units, Kwame Nkrumah and John Evans Atta Mills
Tullow Oil has commissioned the first Ghanaian-owned marine vessel – the MV Flat Confidence.
Speaking at the commissioning, Cynthia Lumor, the deputy managing director of Tullow Ghana, said, “As a responsible oil and gas company, we understand that promoting local content is central to the development of a nation, and we are passionate and deliberate about achieving this.”
Lumor said, “As at 2020, we had awarded about US$16 billion worth of contracts across our TEN and Jubilee Fields operations. About US$11 billion of those contracts included companies with an element of local content that were either indigenous, or joint venture in nature.”
“We believe that a country’s hydrocarbon resources must be a catalyst for socio-economic development. That is why we continue to rigorously pursue local content development and supplier capacity development initiatives as part of our Shared Prosperity agenda. This milestone is not only Tullow’s success, but indeed a big win for Ghana” she added.
The MV Flat Confidence was acquired by Flat C Marine Offshore Limited following a long-term contract granted by Tullow Ghana that enabled the company to raise finances to procure the vessel. Tullow explained that the presence of the Flat Confidence vessel reflects the firm’s commitment to develop and support capability growth to international standards in marine sectors.
Andrew Egyapa Mercer, deputy minister of energy, congratulated Tullow Ghana Limited for their commitment to ensuring the growth and participation of local companies in the oil and gas sector.
He said, “Tullow Ghana’s Marine Sector Adoption Initiative, which seeks to develop local capacity of Ghanaians in the marine sector for participation in the oil and gas industry will go a long way to stimulate broad-based sustainable economic growth in the country, is noteworthy. I am confident that this marks the beginning of greater things in Ghana’s local content development agenda and I look forward to the day when more Ghanaian owned vessels will dock on our shores.”
He also congratulated the owners of the Flat Confidence Vessel, Absa Ghana and Prudential Bank Ghana Limited for collaborative effort they played in achieving this success.
CEO of Flat C Marine Offshore Limited, Capt. Francis Boakye together with the directors, Capt. Michael Norteye and George Fiadonu, expressed their sincere gratitude to Tullow Ghana for the opportunity provided by their Marine Sector Adoption Initiative, which allowed the Flat C Marine Offshore Limited, to benefit from a comprehensive study of the marine space and identified the unique prospect to acquire and operate a service vessel in Ghana’s oil and gas sector.
“We at Flat C Marine Offshore Limited, are grateful to Tullow Ghana for the opportunity to benefit from their Local Content strategy under their Shared Prosperity initiative.”
The MV Flat Confidence is a 2020-built, 71-meter long and 19-meter wide vessel. It will be operational in the Western region of Ghana.