MDL completes flexible installation in Ghana’s Tema port
In support of Ghana's offshore LNG development, MDL announced the completion of flexible installation at the Tema port. MDL Third-generation Reel Drive System, operated by the company’s expert offshore personnel, was used to deploy a 13” gas lift riser from an 11.4m reel which was mobilised on the back of an Anchor Handler Vessel.
The tie-in connected the beach with a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility, located 12km off the coast of Tema, in the Greater Accra Region in the Eastern part of Ghana. The terminal, first of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa, is expected to help Ghana meet its growing domestic energy demand and reduce the country’s dependency on foreign imports.
Directly prior to the project, the MDL RDS had been used for a pipeline replacement at a Nigerian terminal, mobilised onboard a barge. Following routine post-project maintenance, the system now remains in the region, available for future scopes.
Michael Blease-Shepley, MDL VP Africa said, “I am extremely pleased to see our technology deployed on back-to-back projects, supporting important developments in West Africa’s power generation. It is a great feeling to know that we can contribute with our specialist services towards the region’s pursuit of energy self-sufficiency. It’s no surprise that with the ongoing pandemic this project faced numerous challenges: constantly changing personnel logistics requirements and the limited availability of materials and consumables - including a last-minute vessel change. We were able to overcome these efficiently, thanks to close co-operation with our client and our expert team on the ground who could assist with their extensive flex-lay knowledge and years of global experience. As we continue to develop our presence in this region, I look forward to supporting further milestone developments that will help West Africa’s energy sector grow from strength to strength.”