His Excellency John Atta Mills, President of Ghana, will be the guest of honour at the ceremony.
First Oil events will take place both offshore on the FPSO and onshore in Takoradi, close to the Jubilee onshore support base. The ceremony will be broadcast live on Ghana TV and can be followed on the Tullow Ghana website (www.tullowoil.com/Ghana), where additional related content is available.
Oil first flowed into the FPSO on Sunday 28 November and this oil has been used to commission the facilities. The oil production rate will initially increase to 55,000 barrels of oil per day and then to 120,000 barrels per day, as new wells are completed over the next three to six months. The first tanker of oil from the Jubilee field is expected to be exported in January 2011.
Commenting today, Aidan Heavey, Chief Executive, said:
"History will be made today and I am very proud to be part of it. First Oil from the Jubilee field is a wonderful occasion for Ghana, its Government and People, the Jubilee Partners and Tullow. It is the culmination of a lot of dedication and hard work from a world-class team on a world-class field. So many people deserve recognition and thanks today, my personal thanks go in particular to the Government of Ghana. Their support and commitment to this project helped the Jubilee Partners ensure that First Oil for Ghana became a reality. Congratulations to everyone involved."