01 October 2015
On 30 September 2015, Tullow Oil announced that the First Lady of the Republic of Ghana, Dr. Nana Lordina Mahama, officially named Ghana's second floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel at a ceremony in Singapore.
The vessel has been named ‘FPSO Prof. John Evans Atta Mills’, after the late president who oversaw First Oil from Ghana’s Jubilee Field in 2010.
FPSO Naming ceremony gallery
Over the past two years, FPSO Prof. John Evans Atta Mills has been converted from an oil tanker into an FPSO with a capacity to process up to 80,000 barrels of oil per day from the TEN fields. The vessel is nearing the end of its construction at Sembcorp Marine Shipyard in Singapore and is due to sail for Ghana around the end of 2015.
During the event, The First Lady met some of the Ghanaians who have been working on the construction of the vessel in Singapore, many of whom will be part of the crew that will operate the FPSO when it begins producing. Her Excellency also paid tribute to the contribution of Ghanaian companies to the construction of the FPSO .
“It has been my great pleasure to officially name this magnificent FPSO today in honour of a true Ghanaian statesman, the late Professor Atta Mills. During my tour of the vessel, I saw for myself the impressive facilities onboard and it gives me great pride to know that this state-of-the-art FPSO will be producing oil for Ghana for many years to come.”
First Lady of the Republic of Ghana, Dr. Nana Lordina Mahama
The FPSO is expected to arrive in Ghanaian waters in February 2016 to be hooked-up to the subsea production equipment which is being installed on the seabed in the TEN fields. The development of the TEN fields is being led by Tullow Oil and is on track to deliver First Oil in mid-2016.