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The Regime for Decommissioning Ghana's Offshore Hydrocarbon Facilities
OGEL (2014)
  • Ondotimi Songi
Abstract
The paper looks at the decommissioning regime in Ghana with a view to showing the institutional and legal framework, and how the issues of legal and financial liabilities have been addressed. The paper notes that decommissioning in Ghana is regulated by international, regional, and domestic laws including contractual provisions, and that with financial guarantees in the form of a Decommissioning Fund, both legal and financial liabilities have been transferred to oil and gas companies operating in Ghana. It further notes that although complete removal is out of the equation as a decommissioning option in Ghana, the use of rig-to-reef alternative to decommissioning may not be an option considering the influence of the North Sea regime. The paper argues, however, that the rig-to-reef option should not be completely ruled out for Ghana bearing in mind the need for evidence-based assessments to determine possible success or failure of a rig-to-reef option. Furthermore, the use of Safety Case to supplement Environmental Management Plans is suggested to provide for adaptability to the decommissioning process because the risks may change as decommissioning progresses. It is also suggested that the institutional process can be streamlined with the formation of specific ad hoc committees that brings together the various regulators.
Keywords
  • Ghana,
  • Decommissioning,
  • Offshore,
  • Environment,
  • Legal Regime
Publication Date
January, 2014
Citation Information
Ondotimi Songi. "The Regime for Decommissioning Ghana's Offshore Hydrocarbon Facilities" OGEL Iss. 1 (2014)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/ondotimisongi/7/