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Critical News 1st August, 2010

Posted by Business in Ghana on August 2, 2010

Glory, Glory, Glory!  What a start to the week.  The New Crusading Guide blessed the week with the story of the year so far.  Tsatsu Tsikata involved in a contentious (have to be careful here, might cause Fear and Panic!) contract with MODEC, the builders and managers of the FPSO Kwame Nkrumah.  Rather longwinded so here are the essential facts as I see them.  Tsatsu signed a contract to provide advisory services to MODEC back in 2008 when he was in custody.  The IFC through the Multi-lateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) were only recently told of this contract.  Both the IFC and MIGA are heavily invested in the FPSO, which is owned by Jubilee Ghana BV 21, a special purpose company, set up to raise funds for the development of the Jubilee field unit in West Cape 3 Points.  This also involves Tullow, Kosmos, Anadarko, the EO Group, Sabre Oil and GNPC.  I will do a very detailed report on the shareholding structure of all this in the coming week.  It will impress you! trust me.  Anyway, the IFC and MIGA are p***** off because they were only told at the back end.  The contract is for $5million, two has been paid, all of it during the NDC era and the remainder to be paid when the first oils starts.  Great start to the week!  It got more interesting as the days rolled forward, and Tsatsu publicly threatened to sue through his company Strategic Oil and Gas.  He owns 50% of the company and we are yet to know who owns the other half!  This story will run for a long time.  Until the due diligence is completed and the IFC and MIGA are content, the FPSO will not be storing any oil!  Imagine what this will mean to Ghanaians if one person’s greed halts our whole economic jump off! Read the rest of this entry »

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