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Ghana Energy Minister Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah

Tullow Oil won’t be prevented by Ghana from flaring natural gas at the offshore Jubilee oil field, Energy Minister Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah said.

Flaring would last until a onshore gas processing plant is finished in October, Buah said.

The ability to flare could increase Tullow’s oil production from the Jubilee field by as much as one-third.

The proposal is awaiting approval from Ghana’s Environmental Protection Agency.

Before the flaring proposal, Tullow was reinjecting the gas into the deposit.

“Government had to state a ‘no objection’ so that the EPA can regulate and allow for gas to be flared from now till October when the gas infrastructure will be ready. The flaring will allow for production to increase because the re-injection has reduced volumes we could get from Jubilee.” Buah said.