Operations at the ENI Onshore Receiving Facility (ORF) at Sanzule in the Western region, has virtually come to a halt as Ghanaian workers on the project have laid down their tools.
They have suspended their services at the facility which processes gas received from the Offshore Cape Three Points (OCTP), to protest what they describe as “unlawful dismissals.”
More than 400 Ghanaian workers are participating in a sit-down strike, which they say would be called off after management responds to their demands.
According to the striking workers, they are gradually being replaced by other nationals on the field despite having same expertise and qualification while they are unfairly dismissed.
Some of the workers told ADR Daily on telephone that the increasing dismissals have created uncertainty among the workforce, adding that management fails to give reasons for the terminations.
Apart from it being a breach of the country’s local content laws, they indicated that the action of management also violates their three-month renewable contracts with Amaga Oilfield and Orsam for the past nine months.
Management is tight-lipped over the matter, but ADR Daily was told after making inquiries that management would soon make an official response.
The immediate effect of the strike is not known, but energy analysts believe it could adversely affect the sustainability of the project if not resolved on time.
A 63-kilometre submarine pipeline transports gas from the FPSO Agyekum Kufuor to Sanzule’s Onshore Receiving Facilities (ORF), where it is processed and transmitted to Ghana’s national grid, supplying approximately 180 million standard cubic feet per day (mmscfd).
The OCTP field is expected to continuously feed Ghana’s thermal power system from 2018 to 2036.
By Nii Adotey/adrdaily.com