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June 1, 2020

Tullow Oil confirms 58 Covid-19 cases in Ghana oil production facility

UK-based oil and gas company Tullow Oil has confirmed that 58 workers tested positive for Covid-19 at an oil production facility offshore Ghana’s Atlantic coast.

By Himaja Ganta

UK-based oil and gas company Tullow Oil has confirmed that 58 workers tested positive for Covid-19 at an oil production facility offshore Ghana’s Atlantic coast.

All infected workers have been transferred onshore for treatment, reported Reuters.

Despite the Covid-19 outbreak, Tullow Oil said that production remains unaffected.

The affected employees included one worker on board a floating production and storage offloading (FPSO) facility, alongside 57 on board the FPSO unit’s tanker.

According to the news agency, Ghana has reported over 7,600 cases of the novel coronavirus, with 34 deaths in the country.

Conducting more tests than any other country in the region, Ghana recorded the second-highest number of cases in West Africa, with Nigeria in first place with the most Covid-19 cases.

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Earlier last month, 695 workers tested positive for coronavirus at a fish-processing factory in the seafront city of Tema in Ghana. This has raised concerns that the contagious virus is out of control.

In another press statement, Tullow announced that it had agreed on the sale of its assets in Uganda to Total and said that CNOOC had rights of pre-emption to acquire 50% of these assets on the same terms as that of Total.

In January this year, Tullow Oil made a light cretaceous oil discovery at the Carapa-1 exploration well on the Kanuku licence, offshore Guyana, in partnership with Repsol and Total.

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