According to the Chief Executive Officer of Ghana Gas, Dr George Sipa-Adjah Yankey, the company was satisfied with the commissioning of its Atuabo Gas Processing Plant (GPP) and expected the commissioning process to be completed shortly.
In an interview with the Daily Graphic in Accra yesterday, Dr Yankey said since “First Gas” was received from the FPSO Kwame Nkrumah on November 8, 2014, the GPP had been operating and processing natural gas from the Jubilee Field satisfactorily.
Supply of gas
He said as was normal with the commissioning of such plants, a number of key punch list items had been identified and duly addressed, adding that “the GPP is now in excellent condition and ready to process full volume gas and supply same to the Aboadze Thermal enclave without any interruption”.
The CEO said Ghana Gas was also satisfied with the supply of gas to the GPP by Tullow over the past few weeks.
He added that the compressor on the FPSO operated by the Tullow-led Jubilee partners, which used to trip during the early stages of commissioning, had been rectified and gas had been supplied with very little or no interruption.
“Indeed, Tullow has assured Ghana Gas that it is able and ready to supply about 140 million scf of natural gas daily for processing. The main challenge with the off-taking of processed 140 million scf of natural gas from the FPSO is the lack of generating facilities to utilise or receive the processed gas,” Dr Yankey stated.
He said so far, the two units of VRA’s T1 plants at Aboadze had been operating satisfactorily for some time now, receiving an average of about 55 million scf of lean gas per day.
“Work on the T2 is programmed to be completed by the end of this month. Indeed, work on one of the two units of the T2 has been completed and that has enabled Ghana Gas to transport about 74 million scf to Aboadze during the past few days,” he emphasised.
According to him, when that unit was fine-tuned and work on the other unit was completed, Ghana Gas would be able to process and transport a daily average of 120 million scf of lean gas daily to Aboadze, which would enable the Aboadze Thermal plants to generate about 500 megawatts of power.
With all these, as well as the programmed importation of power barges into the country, he said, Ghana Gas would be able to process 140 million scf and supply enough gas to the power producing companies.