In 2012, Tullow initiated a seismic survey to identify further potential oil and gas reserves in the subsea rock formations in and around the Jubilee field.
The survey involved a large vessel towing steamers, which carry hydrophones, transmitting energy waves via compressed air guns which travel down through the sea and subsea rock formations.
A community group potentially impacted by our activities in the Jubilee field is the traditional fishing community. We have consistently and proactively engaged this community, establishing and maintaining good relations.
In preparation for the survey, our FSEOs consulted with nine fishing communities, identified as potentially impacted by the seismic survey activity with respect to their ability to fish in certain areas during the research period. The main focus of these engagement sessions were to make the fishing communities aware of the potential dangers of coming close to these operations as well as the precautionary measures we took to prevent such situations.
Through these consultations, the communities raised issues of concern to them. One such issue was the request for Tullow Oil Ghana to invest in primary and basic education in the local region. The foundation stages of education are a greater priority for the community than tertiary level education, which is currently being invested in via the Tullow Group Scholarship Scheme.
In response to the communities’ request for investment in primary education, the business unit’s social investment strategy continues to support education and capacity building. Recent projects invested in by Tullow include the ‘Amenano Sustainable Kindergarten Complex’, which provides early childhood development education. Another is the ‘Science in Schools’ project, which provides secondary schools with standard laboratory equipment, training and capacity building for teachers and laboratory assistants.
The community also wanted to have a greater understanding of the emergency response plans in place to contain any oil spill that may occur. As part of Tullow’s Oil Spill Response training, carried out in November 2012, Tullow’s CLOs informed local communities, chiefs, land owners and other key stakeholders about the exercise and they were invited to observe the training.