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Ghana Contract Monitor

15. East Keta Block (2,239sqkm)

Contract Parties

OPCO (Operator), Heritage E&P, Blue Star E&P, GNPC EXPLORCO.

Effective Date/Initial Exploration Period

Effective Date: February 05, 2015

Initial Exploration Period (2.5 years + 2 years): February 05, 2015 – August 04, 2019

Minimum Exploration Program (Initial Phase)

  • Reprocess existing 2D and acquire 1500sqkm of 3D seismic

Minimum Expenditure


Observations as of 2022

Contractors failed to meet work obligations, and no sanctions; GOSCO renamed to OPCO for East Keta and South-West Tano blocks; OPCO has unpaid surface rentals of US$537,794.80 on the East Keta block.

The extended period has also expired and the contractor has not met the minimum work obligations.  GNPC’s subsidiary is the operator of the block but that is not an excuse to shield majority interest holders from nonperformance.

The Contractor engaged CGG in 2016 to acquire 3D seismic data. The seismic vessel was intercepted by Togolese navy and frustrated the acquisition work. The matter still remains unresolved between Ghana and Togo.

The contractors on this block are required to reprocess existing 2D seismic data and acquire 1500sqkm 3D seismic data. Even after a 2-year extension to the initial exploration in 2017, the contractors have still failed to deliver on their minimum work obligations. However, the contractors have not been sanctioned for their non-performance. Coincidentally, the operator is a subsidiary of GNPC.

The contractors have failed to deliver on their work obligations without any sanctions. The only activity worthy of note is the change of name of GOSCO to OSWT & EK Operating Company Ghana Limited (OPCO) as a special purpose vehicle set up by the contractors on the East Keta (EK) block and the South West Tano (SWT) block.  It is important to highlight that both blocks share the same contractors.

With respect to payment obligations on the East Keta block, OPCO has an outstanding surface rentals payment of US$537,794.80