Ghana National Gas Company (Ghana Gas), operators of the Atuabo Gas Processing Plant in the Ellembele District of the Western Region, says it will shut down the facility for routine maintenance works on Friday, January 15, 2016.
A statement signed by the Corporate Communications Manager of Ghana Gas, Alfred Ogbamey, said “the planned maintenance, the second since lean gas and associated liquids production began at Atuabo, is expected to last approximately 14 days.”
The planned shutdown could worsen the power crisis unless the Volta River Authority (VRA) has enough light crude within the period to power its plants at Aboadze, and the AMERI Power Plants.
Ghana Gas is supplying gas to the VRA to power its plants despite the VRA’s huge indebtedness to them for the gas supplied over a long period of time.
It recently warned that it could shut down completely if the VRA does not honour its financial obligations since it must fix faulty equipment to supply gas effectively as well pay for insurance premium.
The Atuabo Plant has been in operation for more than 8,000 hours since last year.
“As previously communicated to the general public, this mandatory outage is required by original equipment manufacturers and vendors for maintenance of certain critical components in the gas processing plant on a periodic basis, as well to facilitate warranty assurance on the installed equipment and the validity of our operating insurance cover.
“Ghana Gas is in communication with the VRA, the primary downstream lean gas off-taker and the other product off-takers, as well as the upstream gas supplier, Tullow Ghana Limited to ensure a smooth implementation and completion of the planned maintenance works,” the statement said.