Natural Gas Flaring in Ghana

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Ghana has a 'Zero Gas Flaring Policy' at its producing fields.[1] However according to Ghana continued to flare associated gas four months after the start of commercial oil production at the Jubilee Field. The GNPC's Director of Exploration and Production justified this by saying in April 2011 that gas flaring "happens in any new field development because you need to have a certain minimum level of gas before you can start the reinjection. In the specific case of Jubilee, we have gotten to that point so we are now commissioning the various compressors to pump the gas back into the reservoir so that we do not continue to flare." A representative of Tullow Ghana commented that "you can never have a zero flaring policy in any oil producing field."[2]


  1. BOST Rolls Out US$600m Plan To Create Thousands Of Jobs”. Modern Ghana, 15 April 2011.
  2. Ghana: Govt Lacks Plan for Jubilee Gas”. All Africa, 15 April 2011.