Ghana is to receive two compressor trains driven by a Siemens gas turbine to an onshore receiving facility, a report by TradeArabia News Service indicates.

A contract between Eni Ghana Exploration and Production Limited, and Dresser-Rand business will see to the delivery of the first compressor unit  in September 2017.The second in October 2017 with expectations to have the plant fully operational in February 2018,

The client, Eni Ghana Exploration and Production Limited (Eni Ghana), is a subsidiary of the Italian oil company Eni S.p.A., the operator of the Offshore Cape Three Points (OCTP) project in Ghana,

The Dresser-Rand business, as part of Siemens Power Gas, and  a leading supplier of mission-critical, high-speed rotating equipment solutions to the worldwide oil, gas, petrochemical, and process industries.

This marks the first time the Dresser-Rand business has sold a Datum compressor driven by a Siemens gas turbine, said a statement from the company.

This order is also a significant integration milestone and another synergy achievement of the Dresser-Rand business and Siemens. The client, Eni Ghana Exploration and Production Limited (Eni Ghana), is a subsidiary of the Italian oil company Eni S.p.A., the operator of the Offshore Cape Three Points (OCTP) project in Ghana, it adds.

The two Dresser-Rand Datum centrifugal compressors, model D10R8B, will each be driven by a Siemens SGT-400 gas turbine, said a statement.

The Datum compressor offers maximum performance for all pressure and flow applications. They will be manufactured in Le Havre, France. The SGT-400 gas turbine offers the highest efficiency in its power class, and incorporates the latest aerodynamic and combustion technologies and will be manufactured in Lincoln in the UK, it said.

Jesus Pacheco, head of new equipment worldwide in the Dresser-Rand business, said: “The Datum line of centrifugal compressors has more than 20 years of operating experience and the SGT-400 gas turbines more than 15 years.”

“With the combination of reliable technologies from the Dresser-Rand business and Siemens, we were able to offer a strong value proposition and the best solution to our clients. By forming Siemens Oil and Gas Equipment Limited, a joint venture (JV) incorporated in Ghana by Siemens South Africa and a local JV partner, the project is guaranteed to meet local requirements in this country,” he added.

Government has signed of an agreement for the development of the Offshore Cape Three Points ( OCTP) integrated oil and gas project order to help improve the country’s access to energy and quality of life for its citizens.

The equipment will be installed in Eni Ghana’s onshore gas receiving facility (ORF) located in the western region of Ghana near the village of Sanzule.

The ORF will receive the non-associated gas delivered from offshore for further compression and injection into the gas pipeline national network for delivery.

The OCTP project is of strategic importance for Ghana in order to provide a long-term sustainable and clean source of power generation, it added. 

The Offshore Cape Three Points (OCTP) Integrated Oil and Gas Project includes the combined development of the Sankofa Main, Sankofa East, Gye Nyame, Sankofa East Cenomanian and Sankofa East Campanian fields. The former three are non-associated gas fields while the latter two are oil fields. The development of the fields started in January 2015.

OCTP will provide domestic gas supply to national thermal power plants for more than 15 years, addressing energy requirements in urban and rural areas and where needed most. Eni Ghana Exploration and Production Ltd is the Operator (47.222%) of the Project with Vitol Ghana Upstream (37,778%) and the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (15%) as partners.

Oil production from the OCTP is estimated at 80,000 barrels per day and will start in 2017, while gas comes on board in 2018.

The project will deliver 170 million cubic feet of gas per day and it is expected to generate an additional 1,100 megawatts of power for Ghana.

Gas will be processed and transported via a dedicated pipeline to onshore gas-receiving facilities located near Sanzule, a coastal village in the Western Region.

By: Fiifi Abdul-Malik/