Gas Bill will harmonise gas sector regulations – Amin Adam

By Belinda Ayamgha, GNA    

Accra, Sept. 26, GNA – Ghana is currently
drafting a comprehensive Gas Bill that is expected to consolidate gas sector
regulations and harmonise the legal regime with the emerging global regulatory
landscape, the Deputy Minister of Energy, Mr Amin Adam has said.

The Bill, he said, is expected to be finalized
and passed within a year, subject to the Parliamentary timetable, and will
consolidate the existing laws and regulations in the gas sector and also
address issues that are not captured in the existing legislation.

Speaking at the 5th Ghana Gas Forum in Accra
on Tuesday, Mr Adam said the Gas Bill would address issues such as pricing of
gas as well as infrastructure standards and approvals needed to ensure the
safety of communities within which these gas companies operate.

He noted that the Ministry had also identified
role conflicts among institutions and agencies within the gas sector regulation
space, including the National Petroleum Authority (NPA), the Energy Commission,
the Petroleum Commission and the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC)
all operating in the space.

“I do not think any investor is going to be
incentivised by these bureaucracies and over-regulation of the gas sector to
put their money in the country,” he said, adding that, the Bill would clarify
the roles of these institutions and agencies.

Ghana, according to the Deputy Minister, is
also expected to see significant growth in its gas sector with the addition of
the Offshore Cape Three Points (OCTP) gas to that from the Jubilee and TEN
fields.

He said government, following the successful
completion of the OCTP and flow of first gas in July 2018, had approved an
amendment to the Plan of Development for the integrated OCTP oil and Gas
Project.

The amendment is expected to pave the way for
the partners in the OCTP to continue their evaluation of the Campanian
reservoirs in order to submit, in the coming weeks, options on how to develop
and produce the Campanian reservoirs as part of the overall OCTP Integrated Oil
and Gas project.

“This will also ensure that an incremental
upstream value of $2.4 billion in cash flow is created to be shared among the
parties. This enhances the state’s (including the GNPC) net expected benefits
on a present value basis,” he said.

GNA

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