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Atuabo Gas Plant Construction Slows Down
Posted on: 02-Jul-2013         Source: GNA
Work on the Gas Processing Plant (GPP) at Atuabo in the Western Region has declined due to some financial constraints, Robert Lartey, Engineering Manager at the Ghana National Gas Company (GNGC), has explained.

Mr Lartey, who was speaking to journalists at the offices of the GNGC at Atuabo on Saturday to update them on the operations at the GPP, rebutted recent media reports that work on the project had stalled.

The gas processing plant was initially planned to be part of the Jubilee Oil project development but was later decoupled.

Government expressed interest in independently developing it into a state company.

Government hoped to raise about $750 million out of the $3 billion loan being sought from the Chinese Development Bank, whose disbursement is yet to fully begin to execute the project (GPP).

The media personnel visited the project as part of the “Empowering the Media to Play an Active Watchdog Role over Ghana’s Oil and Gas Revenues and Resources” project, being undertaken by the International Institute of ICT Journalism (Penplusbytes) with funding and technical support from STAR-Ghana.

The six month-long project, which began last week, aims to improve coverage of oil and gas stories by the media, leading to an increase in the quantity and quality (in terms of in-depth and investigative reporting) of oil and gas stories to ensure that the media plays an effective watchdog role over the sector.

A tour of the GPP showed on-going construction works on the plant by mostly sub-contractors.

Mr Lartey said so far a gas pipeline of 60 kilometres had been laid connecting the Floating, Production, Offloading and Storage (FPSO) Kwame Nkrumah vessel off Cape Three Points and the GPP at Atuabo to transport the associated gas from the Jubilee Partners for processing at the GPP.

He said another 110 kilometres stretch of gas pipeline had been laid connecting the GPP to Aboadze to aid electricity production.

Mr Lartey said the technical plan of the GNGC was to eventually develop the GPP into a petro-chemical industry to produce, amongst others, fertilizer for the agricultural industry.

He said the design of the GPP also took into consideration the projected future developments within the country’s economy, in terms of oil exploration and production to ensure that any amount of gas to be derived could be processed at the GPP.

Meanwhile, some local people from Atuabo engaged as labourers on the project have complained about low remuneration.