The Petroleum Commission, the upstream petroleum regulator, says efforts are underway to ensure that the FPSO Kwame Nkrumah resumes operations in the Jubilee fields safely and as soon as possible.
The commission said in a statement issued on Monday that it was monitoring a root cause analysis led by Tullow in order to prescribe a long term solution for the FPSO.
Authorities announced on March 20, that the FPSO Kwame Nkrumah was shutting down for a planned two-week routine maintenance, but the deadline been postponed and extended a number of times due to damage of the vessel’s turret bearing.
The external turret, which accommodates subsea mooring lines, risers and other piping, helps the vessel to keep balance and to rotate about the turret. The damaged turret bearing means the vessel cannot keep its balance and be used for storage, a report by Ghanabusinessnews.com said on Tuesday.
The vessel is said to be on ‘heading control’ with two tug boats holding it.