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Ghana Contract Monitor
  1. Expanded Shallow Water Tano Block (1,508sqkm)
Contract Parties (Operator)

Erin Energy Ghana Ltd, EXPLORCP and GNPC
Effective Date/Initial Exploration Period

Effective Date: January 23, 2015
Initial Exploration Period (2 years+2 years):
January 23, 2015 – January 22, 2019
Minimum Exploration Program (Initial Phase)
  • Reprocess existing 2D and acquire 1500sqkm of 3D seismic;
  • Drill one exploration well
Minimum Expenditure

$30,000,000
Observations as of 2017

This Block was affected by the Preliminary ruling of the 
International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS)
 which placed a moratorium on drilling new wells in the 
disputed area. The company got extension to continue 
working on the block.

2019 Update

The contractor did not fulfill the minimum work obligation even 
after extension to accommodate the ITLOS injunction. 
The Ministry has not provided update as to why the contractor 
still holds the block. No drilling has been undertaken
2020 Update

The Contractor did not undertake any activity during  2019. 
The parent company of the Operator Erin Energy i.e Erin 
Energy Inc. has filed for bankruptcy in the United States. 
The PC and Ministry of Energy are engaging the other 
partnersin the block for operations to resume.