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GNGC takes delivery of equipment
Posted on: 08-Aug-2012        
The Ghana National Gas Company (GNGC) has taken delivery of equipment such as large metal pipes, excavators, bulldozers, pipe layers, pipe benders, mobile welding plants and drilling machines for processing the gas plant in the Western Region.

A large haul of metal is to be used for construction of the 110-kilometre pipeline gas pipeline from Atuabo in the Ellembelle District to the Aboadze Thermal plant in the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis.

Also, there are 3,271 twenty-inch pipes measuring 30 kilometres in total for the construction of onshore pipelines designated for six out of the 11 sites located at Inchaban, Manpong, Esiama, the Ankobra bridge, Awonakrom and Atuabo.

By August 10 this year, 6,953 pipes are expected to arrive in the country.
Engineers of SINOPEC International Petroleum Services Company (company executing the project) have started using heavy cranes to haul the pipes onto racks and also preparing the area for easy accessibility for the earth-moving vehicles and haulage trucks.

Dr. Kwesi Botchwey, the Board Chairman of GNGC, accompanied by the Minister for Energy Dr. Joe Oteng-Adjei; the Chief Executive Officer of GNGC, Dr. George Sipa Yankey; the Western Regional Minister, Mr. Paul Evans Aidoo; and the Deputy Minister for Energy, Mr. Emmanuel Armah Kofi Buah have visited the Manpong storage site near Kansaworodo in the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis where about 1,200 pipes will be stored for ready transmission through the paths from Inchaban site through to the Aboadze Thermal Plant.

Dr. Botchwey pointed out that the GNGC is working with the Ministry of Energy to ensure that the gas project is completed by the close of this year as scheduled.

He noted that the locals have been engaged in the construction of the project -- if they are not able to get the expertise needed to support this project, then foreigners will be contacted to provide it.

It will be recalled that last month the GNGCL started paying 166 farmers whose crops were affected during boundary demarcation and the topographic survey for Gas Infrastructure Project at Domunli enclave, near Jomoro in the Western Region.

A total of GH˘70,000 was to be paid out as compensation for crops felled -- cassava, coconut, oil palm and mango. The Domunli enclave was earmarked for Gas Processing Plant and Petrochemical Company three years ago.

The gas plant has now been moved to a location near Atuabo in the Ellembelle District; GNGCL will now locate an LPG Tank Farm at the Domunli enclave instead of the proposed gas plant.

The short-term objective of the project focuses on developing a Gas Infrastructure Project to process and pipe Jubilee Phase-1 gas to Takoradi Thermal Plants in Aboadze.

The project will comprise of fully integrated and profitable gas business to serve the Ghanaian and export markets, and commence commercial operations on completion of the early phase.

In the medium- and long-term, which includes the development and expansion of the Ghana Gas Infrastructure, he said there will be a network of pipelines from the FPSO, Sankofa, and other reserves from the basin to the gas processing plant.

By Juliet AGUIAR, Mampong