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Gas plant will be ready in December 2012
 
Posted on: 17-Jul-2012         Source: citifmonline.com
 
 
 
The Ghana National Gas Company (GNGC) has promised that it is working with speed to ensure that the gas plant under construction in the Western Region is completed on schedule.

When completed and operational, the Ghana Gas Plant will feed the Aboadze thermal plant with gas, and also stakeholders will have the opportunity to monetize the resource for national development.

In an exclusive interview with The Globe, the Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana National Gas Company, Dr George Sipa Yankey was optimistic that his outfit with partners, SINOPEC and Tecnip will get the plant ready by the last quarter of the year.

‘’We are hoping that by the end of December this year, the first phase of the project will completed and we will be processing and evacuating gas to the thermal plant at Aboadze-Takoradi; the plant itself will be situated at Atuabo, and we will evacuate gas from the FPSO offshore to onshore at Atuabo’’ said Dr Sipa-Yankey.
Though the initial plan was to cite the plant at Jomoro, there had to be a relocation due to operational reasons but now that the partners have agreed to get the gas plant up and running , industry players say it should be fast to ensure that Ghana does not lose out on gas benefits. One of such is the Managing Director of the Bulk Oil Storate Transportation Limited (BOST) Dr. Yaw Akoto who has called for a fast tracked approach to bring the Ghana gas plant on stream.

‘’Ideally, the government of Ghana has adopted a policy of no flaring and I believe as soon as we can get the gas processing up and running and on stream, that will reduce the flaring and reinjection on the Jubilee field; obviously there are some amounts of reinjection that needs to be done, but the issue is how long will you continue reinjection?, so it’s important for us to really fast track and develop the gas processing facility and bring it on stream as quickly as possible,’’ stated Dr Yaw Akoto.

If the gas plant is completed as scheduled in December, the GNGC has assured that the perennial challenge of power fluctuation in the country will be addressed since gas evacuated from Atuabo will feed the Aboadze Thermal Plant to enhance maximum generation of power.

Currently, the West African Gas Plant supplies an average of 40 million cubic feet of gas to the Thermal plant as against the initial estimate of 120 million standard cubic feet for power generation.