Ghana, Ivory Coast Petroleum Commission boss: Maritime boundary dispute case going 'pretty well'

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Ivory Coast is claiming ownership of the disputed TEN oil field. play

Ivory Coast is claiming ownership of the disputed TEN oil field.

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The maritime boundary dispute case over the Tweneboa Enyenra and Ntome (TEN) between Ghana and Ivory Coast is going "pretty well," the Chief Executive Officer of the Petroleum Commission has said.

"Ghana submitted its memorial. Ivory Coast, a couple of months ago, submitted its counter memorial. We have gone through the process, in the last few months, of responding to the counter memorial, and I am pleased that we are on track," Theophilius Ahwireng told journalists.

"In the nest few weeks, Ghana will be submitting its response to the Ivorian counter memorial and I think it is going pretty well," he added.

Ivory Coast is claiming ownership of the disputed TEN oil field, forcing Ghana to file a suit at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) to ward off Ivory Coast from disputed oilfields.

It filed its suit based on Article 287 Annex VII of the 1982 UNCLOS.

Cote d’Ivoire in February 2015 filed for preliminary measures and urged the tribunal to suspend all activities on the disputed area until the definitive determination of the case, dubbed: “Dispute Concerning Delimitation of the Maritime Boundary between Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire in the Atlantic Ocean.”

But the Special Chamber of the ITLOS on April 25, 2015 declined to suspend production activities in the disputed area with the explanation that “in the view of the Special Chamber, the suspension of ongoing activities conducted by Ghana in respect of which drilling has already taken place would entail the risk of considerable financial loss to Ghana, and its concessioners and could also pose a serious danger to the marine environment resulting, in particular, from the deterioration of equipment”.

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