Business News of Sunday, 11 September 2016
The Ghana National Gas Company (Ghana Gas) has resumed gas supply to the Aboadze Thermal Plant in Takoradi after the Atuabo gas processing plant was shut down for routine maintenance.
So far, Ghana Gas, the operators of the Atuabo gas processing plant, has supplied about 80 million standard cubic feet (mmscf) of gas to the Aboadze plant to generate about 250 megawatts (MW) of power for the national grid.
According to the management of the Atuabo plant, although the facility had the capacity to process its maximum target of 150mmscf/day, it was transmitting only 80mmscf, since that was the volume it could receive from the FPSO Kwame Nkrumah.
Speaking to the media at Atuabo in the Western Region yesterday, the Chief Executive Officer of Ghana Gas, Dr George Adja-Sipa Yankey, said efforts were being made to ensure that future maintenance work could be done without necessarily shutting the plant down.
He said maintenance work, which could usually take only five days to complete, had to delay because of some interconnection works to other new gas users and the connection to the West African Gas Pipeline Company (WAPCo) gas pipelines.
Dr Yankey said Ghana Gas had the expertise and was ready to work to keep the plant running to ensure stable supply of power.
Accordingly, he said, work that hitherto was assigned to third party expatriates was done by the staff of Ghana Gas who were specially trained to handle the project.
Dr Yankey assured the nation that the plant was very stable and ready to receive more gas to process to its designed capacity if the current challenge with FPSO Kwame Nkrumah was resolved.
“We are ready and I can assure you that with the Tweneboa, Enyenra, Ntomme (TEN) project on stream now, and after the resumption of the FPSO Kwame Nkrumah, enough will be available to power the plants to meet the domestic needs of the liquefied petroleum gas,” he said.