Managers of the West African Gas Pipeline Company (WAGPCo) have indicated that they may not realise their goal of ensuring the resumption of gas supply to feed electric energy generating plants by April 30.
Previously, General Manager of WAGPO, Mrs Harriet Wereko-Brobby, indicated “if all things go well, by April 30, 2013 gas should start flowing”.
Mrs Wereko-Brobby told Joy News she could not go into the details regarding reasons for the further delay in the restoration of gas pipeline. She also declined giving a specific date when the problem is likely to be fixed.
Meanwhile Joy News has learnt the delay has arisen because the company needs additional time to dry the broken pipelines to ensure they are not corroded. Joy News sources say this could take about two weeks.
The pipelines were shut in August last year after a Togolese navy ship ran into one of the pipes in that country’s waters.
The 678 kilometre West African Gas Pipeline (WAGP) links into the existing Escravos-Lagos pipeline at the Nigeria Gas Company’s Itoki Natural Gas Export Terminal in Nigeria and proceeds to a beachhead in Lagos.
From there it moves offshore to Takoradi, in Ghana, with purified natural gas delivery laterals from the main line extending to Cotonou (Benin), Lome (Togo) and Tema (Ghana).
WAGP transports purified natural gas free of heavy hydrocarbons, liquids and water, ideally suited as fuel for power plants and industrial applications.
Eighty-five per cent of the gas is for power generation and the remaining for Industrial Applications.
The Volta River Authority’s Takoradi Thermal Power Plant in Ghana, CEB of Benin and Togo are WAGPCo’s foundation customers.