Tullow, on behalf of the Jubilee Partners, organised a five month gas management education and awareness programme in Ghana.
Tullow’s commitment to the Government of Ghana and our investors to maintain current production levels was challenged in 2014. This was due to limited gas-reinjection capacity and a delay in completion of the gas export facility, managed by the Ghana National Gas Company.
As a result, the Jubilee Partners were permitted by the Ghana Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to flare gas to maintain current production levels. To make communities aware of the Jubilee gas management plan, Tullow, on behalf of the Jubilee Partners, organised a five month gas management education and awareness programme, in line with the Petroleum Commission’s guidelines on community relations.
Of the six districts we approached, we met with over 1,700 community representatives, who actively participated in the discussions. We prioritised engaging with the fishing communities because the Chief Fishermen directly oversee the artisanal fishing industry which share boundaries with the Jubilee safety zone.
The Regional Administration and District Assemblies were consulted before we engaged community members in order to maximise information flow and cooperation. The General Manager Tullow Ghana, Charles Darku took the opportunity to update the Chiefs, the Paramount Chiefs and Queen Mother in the Western Region on gas management. Through this engagement the fishing communities understood that the gas flaring would not have a negative impact on them or the artisanal fishing industry.