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Ghana Expects Hess Offshore Oil Field to Join Project Lineup

Aug. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Ghana, the nation seeking to increase its oil output fivefold in the next decade, expects an offshore development by Hess Corp. to join the nation’s project pipeline, according to the Petroleum Commission.

Hess will drill a third appraisal well later this year on the Deepwater Tano/Cape Three Points block to establish commercial viability and reserves, Kwaku Boateng, director of special services at the commission, said in an interview. The results on the first two wells were “fantastic,” he said.

Ghana is aiming to increase oil output to 500,000 barrels a day in the next 10 years as projects including Tullow Oil Plc’s TEN and Eni SpA’s Sankofa-Gye Nyame start production. Tullow operates the Jubilee field that will produce an average of about 100,000 barrels a day this year, according to a July 30 statement.

“We have to wait for the final report but from the numbers that we are seeing we are expecting that Ghana gets its fourth development from Hess,” Boateng said Aug. 18 in Accra.

Hess will give results on Ghana by year-end following completion of the appraisal program, Patrick Scanlan, a Hess spokesman at Sard Verbinnen & Co. in New York, said yesterday, declining to comment further.

The TEN, or Tweneboa-Enyenra-Ntomme, and Sankofa-Gye Nyame fields are expected to be developed within the next three years, with combined daily output of about 130,000 barrels, Boateng said. Both fields will also produce natural gas.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ekow Dontoh in Accra at edontoh@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Antony Sguazzin at asguazzin@bloomberg.net Rachel Graham, Randall Hackley

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