Ghana is expected to produce its first gas from the Atuabo Gas processing Plant by January 2013 after the completion of the first phase of the project by December 2012.
The first phase involves the construction and installation of equipment.
Victor Kofi Sunu –Attah a Project Development Manager from the Ghana National Gas Company (GNGC),stated this during a presentation to selected journalists at an oil and gas training programme in Accra.
The initial projected feed gas rate from Atuabo will be 150 million standard cubic feet per day (mmscfd).
The project, being undertaken by GNGC and its Chinese contractors Sinopec, includes the construction of associated infrastructure at Atuabo and surrounding communities in the Western Region.
The facility will process gas from the Jubilee field into clean fuels and feedstock for the domestic and export markets while promoting the development of the country’s petrochemical industries to eliminate the flaring of gas.
Mr. Sunu-Attah indicated that “GNGC has been given its marching orders by the Ministry of Energy to give the first gas to the Volta River Authority (VRA) by February of the same year (2013) ”.
He explained that there has to be a pre-commissioning and commissioning of the pipeline. Pre-commissioning is a series of processes carried out on the pipeline before the final product is introduced while commissioning means introducing the gas into the pipeline.
Mr. Sunu-Attah noted that the first phase of the project includes the “completion of storage facilities and an offshore buoy for export of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and condensate at Domunli in the Western Region.
He said the medium-long term development and expansion phase of the project includes a network of pipelines from the Floating, Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) facility and other reserves from the basin to the gas processing plant.
In the near future, he said GNGC will float shares on the stock market to ensure “wider Ghanaian participation in petroleum activities and economic and social benefits from broadening ownership in the country’s natural resources.