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Ghana Court Orders Halt To Jubilee Gas Facility Work

|Includes: APC, KOS, Tullow Oil Plc. (TUWLF)

A high court in Ghana's western region has ordered the state-run Ghana National Gas Company to stop construction at a gas plant until the government pays compensation for land to local chiefs. The $650 million gas plant is designed to process gas from the offshore Jubilee Field.

Ghana Gas spokesman Alfred Ogbamey said, "The (traditional) chiefs went to court and obtained a 14-day interim restraining order against Ghana Gas. This means we will have to stop work at the site and resolve this issue quickly."

The government hopes that the gas project's completion will boost power supply and help reduce spending on light crude imports for thermal power generation.

Jubilee Field, which straddles the Deepwater Tano and West Cape Three Points licenses, was discovered via the Mahogany-1 and Hyedua-1 exploration wells in 2007.

Jubilee Field ownership: Tullow (35.5%, operator), Kosmos (24.1%), Anadarko Petroleum (24.1%), GNPC (13.6%) and Sabre/PetroSA (2.7%).

Ghana will start processing gas from the Jubilee oil field by Sep-2014, according to Alex Mould, the head of state-run Ghana National Petroleum Corporation, as reported in an article published in Mar-2014.

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