The National Gas Processing Project is expected to be completed by end of this year.
Began in August, the first phase involves the laying of offshore and inshore pipes from the Jubilee field through Atuabo to the Takoradi Thermal Plant at Aboadze.
Dr. Sipa Yankey, the chief executive officer of the Ghana Gas Company Limited disclosed this to the press after inspecting some 6,953 pieces of imported pipes from China for the project.
The company has already taken delivery of the first consignment of over 3,000 pieces of pipes from China.
Dr. Sipa Yankey said the first phase, which is estimated to cost about $750 million, is being undertaken by Sinopec International Petroleum Corporation of China .
Dr. Sipa Yankey said enough pipes had been made available for the first phase to take off and the second phase, which includes assembling of plants at Atuabo, is expected to take off next month.
He said the Gas Processing Plant would initially produce 150 Million metric standard cubic feet of gas a day. With the production level expected to be increased to 300 million metric standard cubic feet.
Progress on the National Gas Project comes against the backdrop of the damage to the West Africa Gas Pipeline (WAGP), which has forced energy suppliers in the country to rationalize power to the Ghanaian consumer.
The West Africa Gas Pipeline Company Limited supplies gas the Asogli Power Plant in Tema and the Takoradi International Company (TICO) for the production of power, the main processors of gas into electric power in the country.
According to the company , the WAGP has developed serious leakage in the Lome segment, which has resulted in a break in the flow of the gas.
Madam Harriet Brobbey, General Manger in charge of corporate affairs of the company, told the media over the weekend that a vessel ran into the pipeline and forced a portion of the line to burst.