Egbert Faibille Jr, CEO of Ghana's Petroleum Commission, said that the energy minister had agreed to the new royalties regime, clearing the way for it to be submitted to the cabinet for adoption next year.
"A carefully calibrated, flexible and progressive scheme would replace the current "non-flexible and regressive" fiscal regime that stifles investments and crude oil production in the West African nation," Faibille said, adding that a two-tier royalty rate scheme will be proposed.
He added that the new scheme will consider risk factors such as water depth, production volume and crude oil price.
Ghana's current royalty regime is a fixed 4%-12.5% of gross oil production, and 3%-10% of the volume of gas exported.
"A sliding scale royalty scheme is progressive and incentivises field development of all sizes, water depth and in volatile price environments without having to re-negotiate fiscal terms," Faibille said.
Ghana, the world's second biggest cocoa producer, became an oil producer in 2010. Output is currently at around 160,000-170,000 barrels-per-day of crude oil and about 9.2bn litres per day of natural gas.
Oil companies operating in Ghana include Eni, Tullow and Kosmos
Faibille said that the commission also plans to invest in seismic data acquisition to help derisk Ghana's offshore and shorten exploration and production time for firms.
He said estimates show that Ghana will need about $200m for seismic data on every 31,000km2 and it will take six months to gather relevant data on the country’s territorial waters.
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